This is certainly not a new issue in any way and can lead to many miscoceptions and predjucual opinions from all around the World, not just America, that are quite valid to those concerned.
I can give some good examples from my own experience, but I warn if you are a bit squeemish of discussing the internal workings of the Human Body to stop reading now and look somewhere else? What I will say is Fact, but if that upsets you after my warning I am really sorry, but I am trying to cover several points already raised in a practible way by quoting examples to my person knowledge, dating back many years. I am 62, for example and one example involving a Brother? (there is a reason for the question mark), from several years before I was born.
My Mum was quite a tiny person, standing just 4'7'' tall and weighing around 80/90lbs. She had three Boys, John, Bill and Kevin, all healthy. Then along came Colin. Colin was Stillborn and Rites and Baptism was denied, as was Burial in the normal Section of the Cemetry, instead he was buried in another section. My Parents were not allowed to Register him, so explains my question mark above. To everyone but us he simply did not exist.
Following on from that my Mum had another child, Beverley, then two years later had me. I weighed in at 13lbs, but then my Mum had to have a Hysterectomy, which is where all producing organs are removed from a woman. (It was either that or Death for my Mum.)
Following on, when I was 21 my first wife and I had a Son, then another Son and then a Daughter. After the Daughter my Wife had major Problems and almost died until it was discovered that she had the Daughter's Twin still caught up in her Tubes and that it had started to grow. It is rare to happen, but it certainly does. They Operated and I signed Forms to agree to her having both Tubes tied off to prevent further pregnecies, but only one was actually tied off, the reason I was given was that they had no time due to her condition at the time.
Along came another Son, funny enough another 13lb one, but with major Problems. He was born with what is known as Reflux and no matter what we fed him it would come straight back up. We went to many Doctors and as you can imagine were going out of our minds watching the poor baby lose weight, until one Doctor refered us to a Specialist that picked it up straight away and sceduled him for an immediate Operation. Unfortunately there was Golden Staph in the Hospital and the Baby, infected, was then sinking so fast that he was Baptised and given last Rites. Yet somehow he survived! He was 19 when he was tragically run down by a car.
As can be imagined we never wanted to go through that again, but the Doctors refused to tie off the other tube and my wife fell Pregnant again. I took her to a Clinic in Sydney and they aborted her, but refused to tie off the other tube. A few years later we moved to Brisbane and my wife fell pregnant again. I found a Clinic that not only aborted, but after an explaination, actually tied off the other tube at the same time.
Just to show fairness and balance I want to add this. They always say, "Whatever you do, you will sooner or later pay for it."
My first wife and I split up, I got Married again and had a beautiful litte Girl, but when she was 3 months old, my youngest Son was hit by a Car and Killed. Then three years later, we had a Boy. Six months later my eldest Son shot himself. Just maybe that was our pay back from God for the two abortions?
Sorry for such a long Post, but I just thought that it could give some factual references for others? I am dead against Abortion being used to cover up mistakes made, but in Health and Medical Reasons and also Rape I personally think it is the Woman's final choice and would fight to the Death for that.
Same as the debate about stillborn babies? If they are not recognised as Live, how can a Fetus be? With that in mind, how can you Murder any thing not alive?
If a woman has a Hysterectomy is that also wrong because she can't Concieve? Not to me, Mate.
Edited by Abacus 7, 11 April 2009 - 01:46 AM.