Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Overheard: Abortion advocate spoke of her unborn child as "baby"

Michelle Goldberg's admits to calling her former fetus her "baby" before he was born.
Last summer, when I was 20 weeks pregnant with my son, I went for a 3-D ultrasound that would tell me if he had any serious physical abnormalities. In the days leading up to it, I was seized with anxiety that something would go wrong, and it was the deepest sort of relief to see each healthy part of him in turn—fingers and toes, heartbeat and brain, liver and stomach. I could even see, sort of, what his face would look like. At that stage, a fetus appears quite human. Not that I referred to him as a fetus. I am very pro-choice, but I already spoke of him as my baby.
What would be interesting here would be some insight into her thought process for how her unborn son was her "baby" but the children other women want to abort at 20 weeks are mere fetuses.

She then goes on to make a number of unsupported broad claims about late-term abortion.
Women do not have late abortions cavalierly. The vast majority of abortions—98.5 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute—are done before 20 weeks. There’s not very much research about the 1.5 percent of abortions that happen after 20 weeks, but a significant number are done when a wanted pregnancy goes horribly awry.
Because the large majority of abortions occur before 20 weeks doesn't mean that there are no women who have late abortions cavalierly. She then goes on to list a study which shows that some late term abortions are likely done for what many people would consider a cavalier reason. 
Twelve percent were teenagers, some of whom went months without realizing they were pregnant.

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