Clash Daily Guest Columnist
Pictured is Hannah and her son who the experts said to abort.
This is gonna be long… and not everyone is going to agree with me. BUT..I feel obligated to talk about something I don’t like to talk about much… and if you don’t agree just use that thumb and keep scrolling.
I’ve seen so many posts about people supporting late-term abortion due to fetal anomalies and it honestly makes my stomach turn. Why?!
When I was 16 weeks pregnant with Roman, My OB in Florida walked in one day after an ultrasound and told me that the back ventricle of Roman’s brain wasn’t there. It was just black. This is known as Dandy Walker Malformation. They basically don’t know if your child will be functional or a vegetable until they’re born and assess the severity of it.
I remember being so upset for weeks I actually failed a test in nursing school. I would start crying as soon as I thought about it (which was almost constantly). I could tell every time I saw the doctor that they were dropping hints to let me know that there was a limit on when I could choose to terminate the pregnancy, but I could never do that.
Instead I went home and studied this “syndrome” my child supposedly had. I started to accept it no matter how severe it could be. I also stumbled across an article on my search that talked about how many mothers are told their babies have this in utero and choose to abort. Apparently they decided to do autopsies on these babies who had suspected DWM. More than 90% of the babies aborted actually did NOT have it!! It shook me to the core to know that there are women who receive the news I did, abort their babies over it and the baby is actually fine!
To cut a long story short… at my 24 week appointment with a perinatologist, he confirmed that there was nothing wrong with Roman. He flashed the wand over Roman’s head and the black hole that was there was now filled in. (I remember seeing the “black hole” the first time and even though the tech couldn’t tell me anything, I knew just by looking at it that something was wrong). I almost couldn’t believe my eyes that it was now gone. This thing I stressed and cried over for WEEKS… was gone!
I know everyone is not religious but just take My story and let it marinate a little bit.. and this is also not to “shame” anyone. I just personally do not feel it’s our place to “play God” and decide which ones deserve life and which ones do not because honestly… we don’t know what will happen!
Here is the video of the abortion question at the Last Presidential Debate:
Because Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account. And when I voted as a senator, I did not think that that was the case. The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I have met with women who toward the end of their pregnancy get the worst news one could get, that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term or that something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy. I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions. So you can regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the mother taken into account.
[Responding to Trump’s comments about partial-birth abortion]
Well, that is not what happens in these cases. And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate. You should meet with some of the women that I’ve met with. Women I’ve known over the course of my life.
This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. I do not believe the government should be making it. I’ve been to countries where governments forced women to have abortions like they did in China or force women to bear children like they used to do in Romania. I can tell you the government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, with medical advice, and I will stand up for that right.
Full transcript of the Debate is available at Vox.