Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
On January 22nd, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march in Washington to speak, pray, and bear witness to the fundamental right to life that every American citizen is entitled to.
A look at the numbers confirms that abortion is the worst domestic crime ever sanctioned by America. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, nearly 60 million (60,000,000) unborn children have been “legally” murdered.
Today, despite more than forty years of pro-abortion propaganda, half of all Americans still describe themselves as pro-life. They know that it is morally wrong and filled with consequences that extend beyond the baby to affect the doctors and mothers.
Medical considerations (A doctor’s view)
“As a doctor,” says former abortionist Anthony Levatino, “you know that these are children; you know that these are human beings with arms and legs and heads and they move around and they are very active. But you get reminded — every time you put that scanner down on somebody’s uterus — you are reminded. Because you see the children in there — hearts beating, arms flinging.”
Watch Dr. Anthony Levatino’s description of the medical procedure, and hear his conversion to a pro-life activist.
Medical considerations (The patients’ long-term consequences)
- Hospitalized for psychiatric treatment
- 160% more likely than delivering women in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery.
- Rates of treatment remain significantly higher for at least four years
- At especially high risk are teenagers, separated or divorced women, and women with a history of more than one abortion.
- Need for psychotropic medicine
- 8 weeks after abortion, 44% are prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.
- Since many post-abortive women use repression as a coping mechanism, there may be a long period of denial before a woman seeks psychiatric care.
High risk of psychological problems
Love Matters, a website created to help women and men make a better choice than abortion, shares the stories of women who went into abortion thinking it was their only way out of a scary situation, only to realize it was the beginning of the worst time of their lives.
Susan Carpenter-McMillan, a spokesperson for Right to Life, tells us, “I know millions of women across this country feel as I do about abortion. We all somehow know deep down inside that we alone made a horrible decision and no coined phrase about choice and rights or the denial of biological and fetal facts can ever erase the truth. For we as mothers instinctively know during those still moments of aloneness, that we ended the life of a separate human being growing inside of each and every one of us.”
Mother Teresa said, “The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn’t learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”
The good news is that the U.S. abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2011, well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000. But there is more work to be done. William Diono, Jr., writing about the March for Life on January 22nd, encourages us to “join them — if not by marching, then in spirit in peace and in hope, undeterred.”