Abortion Outrage: Face to Face with a Human Being

I just read a report in the Associated Press that is too awful to believe. But it is true nevertheless. An 18-year old girl went to an abortion clinic near Miami, Florida to abort her 23-week old unborn baby. After the procedure had begun, the abortion doctor did not show up in time to kill the baby before it was delivered. Here’s the description from the AP.

‘She sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

‘Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

‘What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

‘Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.’

This story is tragic on so many levels, but one particular part is worth focusing on for just a bit longer. It’s the part that the pro-choicers want you to ignore but that you dare not ignore. According to this report, the mother of the murdered child had a change of heart after she saw her dying daughter taken away. As a result, the mother is now filing charges against the abortion clinic. The mother’s lawyer describes her shift this way.

“She came face to face with a human being, and that changed everything.”

When the mother saw what it was that she was having killed, she changed.

Seeing the humanity of the unborn does change everything. Just one glimpse sweeps away the farcical euphemisms that we use to tell ourselves that abortion really isn’t that bad—like, “terminating a pregnancy” or “aborting a fetus” or “it’s my right to choose.” You can argue all day about why abortion is wrong, but the image of the baby that is to be killed changes everything. Apparently it did for this mother.

The report also says that this story has “shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate.” Of course, pro-life people are scandalized by stories like this one, but it is disingenuous for pro-choice people to behave as if they are shocked that this kind of thing happens with botched abortions. Abortion rights supporters lobby against laws that protect babies who survive abortions. That is why so many of us were sounding the alarm about President Obama during the 2008 election. As an Illinois legislator, Obama opposed a law that would protect little girls like this one from being treated like refuse. And he said at the time that he opposed legal protection for survivors of abortion because it might imply that abortion itself is taking the life of a human person. Abortion-rights proponents praised him for this stand, and none of them should be acting surprised by this latest story.

Finally, a word to those of you who either support abortion rights or who are indifferent to this whole issue. If you are shocked and appalled at how this little girl was killed, then why not be shocked and appalled at the fact that if the doctor had arrived on time the same outrage would have occurred? The only difference would have been that the killing would have taken place in a different location.

I aim to win hearts and minds to stand in defense of the unborn. The only way to do this is to keep the humanity of the unborn in plain view. This tragic story does that. How can anyone with an ounce of decency remain indifferent to this?

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UPDATE: A Florida medical agency revoked the license of the doctor. Here’s the report from the Associated Press.

17 Responses to Abortion Outrage: Face to Face with a Human Being

  1. Ian Clary February 6, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    Thank you for bringing this horrible story to our attention. May it be used for good.

  2. Nathan February 6, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    “How can anyone with an ounce of decency remain indifferent to this?”

    It is because sin causes us to hide from the presence of God and to attempt to cover up our transgressions (Genesis 3).

  3. Zach Nielsen February 6, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    Denny,

    Your last paragraph is so poignant and heartbreaking. Thanks for the clarity.

    z

  4. volfan007 February 6, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Denny,

    You are spot on. Every abortion Dr. and Nurse, and every pregnant mother should be required to read what you just wrote.

    David

  5. Matthew Staton February 6, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    So, so sad. It may be that one story like this could have more of an impact on a generation than thousands of laws or sermons (not to say that they aren’t important, too).

    I sincerely hope this girl finds forgiveness, healing, redemption in the Body of Christ. I hope that her story helps put the reality out there for people to see that abortions are done to human beings, not blobs of tissue.

    This is a different thought, but boy, I felt sad to read how she had debated back and forth and decided it was the “right” thing to do because she wasn’t prepared to raise this child. My heart weeps for her.

  6. Matt Svoboda February 6, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Hearing stories like this make me sick. It is disturbing in every way. I would hope that a story such as this would wake up some pro-choice advocates.

  7. Matthew February 6, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Denny,

    Thanks for the post. I read this story yesterday and my wife and I talked about it. My confusion was with the pro-abortion person saying that were concerned. I’m not sure why. The end result was the same. Why should they care about the means? What changed? Is it only tragic because the mom changed her mind?

    Of course, I’m being too rational. Anyway, thanks for your comments and for helping make people aware of things like this.

  8. Julie McClung February 6, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    I’m so glad you posted on this, Denny. I have been haunted by this since I read the story last night, and your thoughts on this really hit the nail on the head. Thanks for posting it.

  9. jeff miller February 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Denny,
    I appreciate your decency.

  10. Micah February 6, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Matthew – i completely agree with your stance on the pro abortion person.

    It’s not the murder that bothers her…it’s that fact that the murder did not go as planned.

    Such a corrupt view of things!

  11. Les Puryear February 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    Denny,

    Why is everyone so upset and surprised by this? This is what happens everytime an abortion is done. It’s just not seen by the mother.

    It is a horror beyond words. And it happens thousands of times every day. It must be stopped.

    Les

  12. Melinda February 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    I hope that the clinic owner who threw the live baby in the trash is getting charged with murder. Any word on that yet?

  13. Dave Tiffen February 7, 2009 at 3:07 am #

    At what point does God pour His wrath out on this country? Oh, maybe He is in more sophisticated ways than rocks and fire from the sky. Maybe it’s the economy? You wonder why God doesn’t destroy us all.

  14. Don Johnson February 7, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    And so the abortion doubletalk is exposed for what it is.

  15. Isaac Sumner February 9, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    The only difference in the mind of the ungodly is whether or not a person is wanted or if their oppression is visible.

  16. Jesica February 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    I agree with Matthew.

    We as the body of Christ need to be in deep prayer for this young woman, as she could be haunted by this for the rest of her life, save but by the grace of God through Christ Jesus.

  17. Lucas Knisely March 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    And like the fall of Rome, so America will fall for allowing such gruesome realities to take place.

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