I don't care where you come down in the pro-life/pro-choice debate. I really, really DON'T. I do care if you ignore the Kermit Gosnell case because you are scared it will harm a woman's right to choose.
Yes. A woman has a right to CHOOSE. She should exercise it before she gets pregnant, but we live in an imperfect world. Sometimes, a woman gets pregnant without choosing to be in said blessed state. Sometimes, she didn't even choose the activity preceding the pregnancy.
(Yes. Newsflash. Women can get pregnant from rape, regardless of what Todd Akin thinks.)
But by the time a baby reaches this state of development, you should have made up your mind. Before, say, the nervous system is developed enough to experience pain. Or distress. At 28 weeks, inducing delivery and killing a healthy fetus is not choice. You have only a few more weeks to go to deliver a healthy baby to one of the gajillion people who want to raise it. You have another, much better choice.
This isn't about the life or health of the mother. (Believe me, I know. I have a family member who had to make a "health of the mother" decision and it was brutal. She delivered, induced labor, her boy at 21 weeks, knowing that he would not live. But for the short time he was breathing, he was ADORED.) This isn't about anything but sociopathic narcissism and a killer who is willing to do the dirty deed.
I had studiously avoided photos of this case for this very reason. They are beyond disturbing. They haunt you. HAUNT you. I saw this one by accident. The site reporting updates did not issue the standard WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS
I will issue that warning. GRAPHIC PHOTOS
It is horrible. All I see is my own baby boy, when he was this tiny. I wasn't thrilled to be a mother, but I would have killed anyone who hurt him. With relish.
This is not a "clump of cells." It is a BABY. HUMAN. This is so horribly wrong I cannot fathom a society that is okay with it. This is far, far beyond an 18 year old girl knowing she can't raise a baby on her own and choosing to terminate at 8 weeks. Or take the Plan B pill.
Intellectual honesty requires that we make the distinction between what this photo represents and the "right to choose." Human suffering starts at some stage of development before this murdered baby boy's body exhibits.
He was delivered alive and his spinal cord was severed. That's where all the blood came from.
Be pro-choice. Do not invalidate your position by defending this.
horrible photo below the line