A New York mother has written to national advice columnist Harriette Cole saying she wants her pregnant 14 year-old daughter to have an abortion. The letter points to the alarming trend of parents forcing their children to have abortions when they discover their teenage daughters are pregnant.The truth is, this is an alarming trend and not far at all from home. Just recently my wife told me about a young mother she knows who told her that her mother forced her to have an abortion with her first pregnancy when she became pregnant out of wedlock in her college years. Reasons given are often economical or practical, but betray a profound shift in attitudes about the value of human life and breakdown of the maternal-infant bond and fabric of community.
The reader who sent me the above-cited article always has at the end of his emails the following facts, which seem sufficiently relevant to the issue at hand to reproduce here:
- Facts of Life:
From the moment of conception, an unborn child's DNA is as complete as an adult's. At 3 weeks, an unborn child has a heartbeat and her own blood supply. At 6 weeks she has measurable brainwaves. Yet, in this country, she can be killed by choice through all 9 months of pregnancy for any reason or no reason whatever. 1 out of 4 unborn children are killed before birth in this country. Since Roe v. Wade, over 45 million unborn children have died by a choice not their own.
- Contraception Fact:
"The Pill" works two ways: first, by preventing fertilization and if that fails, second, by preventing implantation AFTER a new human being has been created, causing an early chemical abortion that is usually unrecognized by the mother.
[Hat tip to Michael F.]