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Witnessing a Child’s Murder Can Change You

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How one reporter found herself conflicted as she witnessed a first-trimester abortion for the first time.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – Many people will fiercely defend the right to an abortion, and many people will fiercely defend the right to life. But what happens when an abortion reporter for Newsweek visits an abortion clinic and witnesses an abortion for the first time? Such a case happened this week when Newsweek reporter Sarah Kliff was in Omaha, Nebraska at LeRoy Carhart’s abortion clinic. The experience, it would seem from her report, has changed her.

After her experience Ms. Kliff wrote about her journey in a web exclusive for Newsweek entitled, “Competing Emotions: When I watched an abortion for the first time, my reaction surprised me.” And indeed her response will surprise you as well, not to mention the reactions of some of the women she met in the waiting room of the abortion clinic and the response of some of her friends and colleagues after hearing of her latest assignment.

It seems that Ms. Kliff was concerned with a negative physical reaction to witnessing a first trimester abortion firsthand; a reaction that didn’t come. Though relieved that she did not pass out, or throw up in the operating room, it was her emotional response that surprised her.

Kliff said, “I met a few patients who saw nothing complicated about that decision, who never second-guessed their choice. But they were not the majority. In Carhart’s clinic, most women were doing their best to balance competing emotions about their abortions, simultaneously sad and relieved, conflicted but confident.”

Even Kliff’s friends and colleagues had trouble with what she experienced, as she notes,

“When I returned from Omaha, friends and colleagues wanted to know if I had “done it.” When I said I had, their reactions surprised me. Friends who supported legal abortion bristled slightly when I told them where I’d been and what I’d watched. Acquaintances at a party looked a bit regretful to have asked about my most recent assignment…my experience (among an admittedly small, largely pro-choice sample set) found a general discomfort when confronted with abortion as a physical reality, not a political idea. Americans may support abortion rights, but even 40 years after Roe, we don’t talk about it like other medical procedures.”

At the same time that Ms. Kliff was having her experience, I came across this quote from then Senator Obama regarding abortion:

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality.”

I would like to remind Mr. Obama that it is the “religion-specific values” of millions of Americans that have fought to protect the rights and freedoms that he and many others of his ilk have sought to take away. The right to life for every person, even the unborn; though Obama says he is against abortion, his administration is now considered the most pro-choice, pro-abortion administration in history. The right to speak freely about politics, government health-care, or religion without fear of persecution or being turned in by a neighbor to some Obama crony gathering “fishy” e-mails. The right to disagree with my neighbors lifestyle without being labeled an intolerant bigot for holding to my religious convictions.

Here is a “common reality” we can all get behind: life is sacred! If you don’t believe that just ask the women in the waiting room that Ms. Kliff encountered;

“A married couple, in their mid-30s, the husband squeezing his wife’s hand, stroking her forehead. Another woman, a single mom with a 10-year-old daughter, started crying when we talked about abortion. “I think it’s OK,” she told me, “but it’s hard to see everyone doing it, there’s so many. I’m not mad at them at all. It’s just like, wow, there are so many people. There are seven or eight babies out there [in the waiting room].” There was the 23-year-old from Iowa who was 16 weeks along—she’d known about the pregnancy for two months but needed time to scrape together the money. By the time she arrived at Carhart’s, she was visibly showing under her striped pink tank top.”

Don’t passively skim over what one woman told Kliff, she said, “there are seven or eight babies out there…” Even a woman waiting to have an abortion knows that she is about to kill an innocent baby, and she was conflicted about it. And after reading Kliff’s article I believe she is now conflicted about where she stands regarding abortion.

I pray that Sarah Kliff, President Obama and others would be shaken from their negligence to see that we are sanctioning the killing of America’s children; in the name of freedom and choice. I hope that their minds are rattled at the thought of millions of children that have been murdered in this country. And, ultimately, I pray that we as a nation turn away from our culture of death to embrace the freedom and right that every living being has from conception.

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Written by Nathan Cherry

August 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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  1. Witnessing violent attacks on gays can change one too. . .at least some people.

    Mom

    September 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm


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