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'Clump of cells' makes a baby-size impression in a broken heart
The Free Lance-Star ^ | 1/29/03 | JENNIFER PETITT

Posted on 01/29/2003 6:29:41 PM PST by madprof98

IN RESPONSE to Leonard Peikoff's Jan. 22 commentary ["Abortion foes aren't 'pro-life': They'd ruin a real life to save tissue"], I would first like to thank him for giving me an opportunity to argue a point I once believed and now see as a sham.

In high school, I, too, uttered words similar to "a clump of cells" when referring to an embryo or fetus during hot debates over abortion at the lunch table. In college, I intellectually defended the right to abortion by explaining that an embryo or fetus is not really a baby but merely a potential life.

Then I got married and had my first son. He came six weeks early. He was strong and healthy despite his prematurity, and so I did start to feel uncomfortable about what was being aborted at the end of the second trimester. However, in first-term abortions, the issue of viability remained my defense of the procedure.

A year after the birth of our son, my husband and I wanted very much to add another baby to our family. I discovered I was pregnant the first week in February and we were thrilled. Unfortunately, I noticed problems a couple of weeks later. At the end of February, I went to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for an exam. I reported my symptoms and an ultrasound was performed.

The baby was there. It looked fine. Its heart was beating. I saw it. I got a picture.

Three days later I miscarried.

I went to DeWitt Hospital at Fort Belvoir this time, and medical personnel performed another ultrasound. It was gone. I saw it. I was empty.

In the days that followed I realized the utter ridiculousness of the "potential life" argument. What I saw on the ultrasound at Bethesda was no more a potential life than what I saw come out of my body was a potential death. Quite simply, what was once alive was now dead. Not potentially dead, not almost dead, not "not quite alive anymore"--but dead.

It follows that if you have "potential life," you must then have "potential death." But what is that? Someone in a coma? Someone who is brain dead? That's not dead. Ask the family who has to make the decision to "pull the plug." Ask the coroner.

On the last Wednesday of February 1998, the embryo, the being, the "clump of cells" inside me was alive. On the last Saturday of February 1998, it was dead. And it really is as simple as that.

The true argument is not when life begins. It begins at conception. You can candy-coat it with rationalizations of viability if it makes you feel better, but face it--what you really want to argue is this: Does a pregnant woman have a right in America to kill her unborn child?

In our country we do not allow mothers to kill their babies once they are born. But while the child is inside of her, that option is available to her and will continue to be under the guise of sacrificing a mere "potential life."

By the way, at the time of my miscarriage I was 71/2 weeks pregnant. I still have a hole in my heart the size of that clump of cells. And I still have that ultrasound picture.

JENNIFER PETITT lives in Spotsylvania County.

Date published: 1/29/2003


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: catholiclist; prolife

1 posted on 01/29/2003 6:29:41 PM PST by madprof98
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To: *Pro_Life
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
2 posted on 01/29/2003 6:35:55 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: MeeknMing; Brownie74; xsmommy; pax_et_bonum; Siobhan
"Bookmark and pass it on" bump.
3 posted on 01/29/2003 6:39:20 PM PST by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: madprof98
Damn right!

Whenever I speak about abortion, the walking wounded come out of the woodwork like ghosts, whispering, "Me, too ... me, too. God forgive me!" Women you would never expect; successful career women, mothers of many ... all still in pain.

The pro-aborts are killing women's souls every day. God forgive them, they know not what they do. I say it in faith, not with feeling. I hate them. God forgive me!
4 posted on 01/29/2003 6:40:53 PM PST by Tax-chick (My Mary Honora has been with God for 16 years. Forgive me, baby!)
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To: madprof98
An awesome letter and testimony. BUMPTTT!

5 posted on 01/29/2003 6:41:44 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: AnnaZ; nickcarraway; JMJ333; Lady In Blue; LadyDoc; ventana; american colleen; sandyeggo; ...
Awesome indeed. BUMP!
6 posted on 01/29/2003 6:50:05 PM PST by Siobhan (+ Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet +)
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To: madprof98
No two ways about it......ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART
7 posted on 01/29/2003 6:52:22 PM PST by OldFriend (SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH)
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To: madprof98
I agree with you, My wife and I have 4 wonderfull children, But We also lost one threw miscarage. We do not talke a lot about the little girl we lost, but we remember, and on our 25th anaversery I gave my dear wife a ring with a stone for each of our children, the ring had 5 stones. They are life, and you never know how long you will have them. but we remember them all.
8 posted on 01/29/2003 6:57:18 PM PST by 20yearvet
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To: madprof98; *Catholic_list; .45MAN; AKA Elena; al_c; american colleen; Angelus Errare; Antoninus; ...
Pro-life PING!
9 posted on 01/29/2003 6:59:51 PM PST by Polycarp
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To: madprof98
Bump
10 posted on 01/29/2003 7:10:00 PM PST by pops88
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To: Tax-chick
We received our weekly Washington Times today and the front page included an article about 800 women who recently discussed publicly the regret they feel for having had an abortion.

I don't think I saw any mention of this important, heartfelt testimony in the major media. I've always contended this is the terrible secret the pro-death advocates want kept from public view.

God bless you,

EODGUY
11 posted on 01/29/2003 7:11:56 PM PST by EODGUY (Why is baby killing important to so many people?)
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To: madprof98
Beautiful, painful. . .bump. . .
12 posted on 01/29/2003 7:19:06 PM PST by cricket
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To: EODGUY
Thank you! It's 1/3, or 1/4, or 3/5 of the women you meet every day. I talked to my (9th grade) Sunday School class recently, and told them flat out: Maybe it's your mothers; maybe it's some of you, already ... God's mercy is infinite!
13 posted on 01/29/2003 7:26:41 PM PST by Tax-chick
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To: madprof98
bump
14 posted on 01/29/2003 7:27:31 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: madprof98
...an embryo or fetus is not really a baby but merely a potential life.

This always gets me. If it's only a "potential life", then it could also be a potential something else. Perhaps a "potential piano" or a "potential elephant".

15 posted on 01/29/2003 8:10:15 PM PST by reformed_dem
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To: 20yearvet
What a beautiful 25th Anniversary gift.

Life for however long is a beautiful Choice!!
16 posted on 01/29/2003 8:13:14 PM PST by victim soul
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To: EODGUY
I was 36, my son was 13 months and I became pregnant. I went to an abortion clinic but the test was inconclusive. I'll never forget a phone call from my husband that day asking me if I knew what I was doing???? God decided for me, I had a miscarriage. We could not have more children and we both wanted more. I still feel the guilt and the emptiness and I'm 62.
17 posted on 01/29/2003 8:23:47 PM PST by sibb1213
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To: sibb1213
I'm sure you know God has forgiven you long, long ago, but forgiving yourself is a much more difficult task. You sound like a very sincere, good person and I will pray that you find inner healing and tranquility.

God bless,

EODGUY
18 posted on 01/29/2003 8:36:08 PM PST by EODGUY
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To: madprof98
Great post.
19 posted on 01/29/2003 8:42:10 PM PST by Askel5
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To: Askel5
Good stuff.

I've had converstions with regretful mothers of aborted babies. Tears your heart out. So sad the pro-abortion people trick so many mothers into murder. Satan, the great deciever, laughs twice at his success here.

Just try to talk with an abortion pusher about this and see if you can finish a sentence.
20 posted on 01/29/2003 9:13:47 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian
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To: madprof98
I actually meant for post 20 to go to you. Thanx for the article.
21 posted on 01/29/2003 9:15:22 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian
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To: 20yearvet
Even with the loss of a child through miscarriage, you never forget them as you and your wife probably know. I lost 2 children through miscarriage and I will never forget the emptiness I felt afterward (have 4 children now who are such wonderful gifts). However, I always will have great hope that one day I will meet those children I have lost in Heaven and I can't wait to hold them!
22 posted on 01/30/2003 7:21:41 AM PST by Gerish
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To: TxBec; MHGinTN
Thanks for the ping...


23 posted on 01/30/2003 7:59:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (9 out of 10 Republicans agree: Bush IS a Genius !!)
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To: MeeknMing
An individual human life begins at conception. That life, your life, or my life, is a continuum of individuality. That continuum originates as a single cell and, if things run as normal, will provide trillions of cells throughout a lifetime. Each 'benchmark' along the continuum of an individual life is an arbitrary assignment based on form and function but just as real a stage, or age of the individual human being begun at conception.

The other day, someone raised the twinning argument, to try and refute the truth that an individual's human life begins at conception. [Think about it: people work hard to try and refute the truth. Why do they do that? Guilt and/or an agenda founded in disbelief or willful rejection of the truth.] Since science is absolutely firm on the truth that an individual life begins at conception, only one of two possible answers must be the truth about twinning: 1) within the single cell at fecundation (conception) there must exist the genetic quantity of two or more individual beings, or 2) something is in the first single cell of twins that will split the genetic material soon to express the two individual beings, some anomoly that will act to 'split the road' that is both of them at the start.

The point to focus upon is both twins originated in the first single cell at fecundation (at conception). Every individual human being has its beginning as a single cell, the first age of its individual lifetime. If, within the first five days of fecundation, a second identical individual, or even a third individual presents and grows along the continuum of individual life, each of those individuals had their origin in the first single cell of fecundation. There is no other truthful conclusion possible. Within the first single cell at fecundation are all the individuals conceived in that conception.

Since it is a fact that an individual lifetime is a continuum that begins at fecundation, at conception, it is glaringly paradoxical to arbitrarily remove any age along that continuum in an effort to prove a later start to the continuum (kind of like saying you hold a single strand of rope, but then you cut the rope a foot from your left hand and assert that the after-cut rope is the exact same length rope you held before you cut a foot off of it AND pointing to the short tag of rope on the floor, assert that that piece of rope was never a part of the piece you were left holding AFTER you made the cut). If a person tells you that he or she originated at 18 weeks from conception, or originated when she or he took their first breath, or originated when his or her brain first had a thought, or originated when his or her heart muscle first contracted, or originated when her or his gonads first functioned, just remember, the lifetime of every individual human BEING begins at their unique conception/fecundation and to choose some other point to believe the continuum begins is absolutely arbitrarily illogical, not based in science or truth.

And yes, with first cell division, at least one HUMAN BEING is present on the continuum of at least one human lifetime.

24 posted on 01/30/2003 9:41:20 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: reformed_dem; madprof98; victim soul
BTTT
25 posted on 01/30/2003 11:08:12 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: madprof98
My wife and I have gone through three miscarriages.. the last one, I was there with her in the hospital room when it finally emerged and landed as a clump on the floor. The hospital care was worse than awful, this place is known for being perhaps the worst hospital in the city, but it was the closest one..

In tears, we cleaned up, they gave us a cup so they could save the remains to be tested, this was beyond traumatic.. I'll never forget how many of the young people who worked at this hospital came by the room and looked into the cup, just to satisfy their morbid curiosities, while we sat there devastated.. (Lets just say that if you are ever in South Florida, dont you ever go to the hospital that stands at the intersection of 826 and I-95, but I digress).

We have since had a son, who is now 15 months, and I love him so much, it scares me. As I have told others, I would destroy worlds for him.. but anyways, my wife is now pregnant again, 9 weeks now, and we are crossing our fingers, and holding our breaths, trying to do the right things..

Indeed, I am a former pro-choicer, and have used all those arguments that are refferred to in this article. I still prefer to see things terminated as early as possible. But I know that its still no where near a good thing, just a slightly less ghastly version of a horrible thing..

26 posted on 02/03/2003 12:35:18 PM PST by Paradox
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