Monday, October 3, 2011

Pro Choice and Proud of it!

So recently a friend of mine posted a picutre and a story on facebook which actually kind of ticked me off... here is the whole thing:

The picture
is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby
named Samuel Alexander Armas,...
who is being
operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.
The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and
would not survive if removed from his mother's womb.
Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta.
She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure.
Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,
he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a
small incision to operate on the baby.
As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel,
the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed
hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger.
Dr.Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped,
it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during
the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity.
The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope."
The text explaining the picture begins,
"The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas
emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph
Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life."
Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture.
She said,
"The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an
illness, it's about a little person"
Samuel was born in perfect health,
the operation 100 percent successful.
Now see the actual picture, and it
is awesome...incredible....and hey,
pass it on!
The world needs to see this one and understand the fact that
every life is a life and is valuable form the very time of its formation.
Go ProLife....
say no to abortions...

On one hand this is an amazing story of how medical science has advanced to the point where we can preform surgery in-utero, and then they ruin it by adding this pro-life rhetoric to it.

In my opinion what this story comes down to is choice... the woman in this story chose to undergo a surgery to give her unborn child a better opportunity, but the risk of the surgery could very well have been the life of the fetus. See the woman had a choice, she also had the right to terminate the pregnancy and try again if she was not able to find a solution to the problems of her fetus, or not seek surgical treatment at all. It is all about choice.

I happen to be a pro-choice advocate because I believe that a woman has the right to chose if she has a child or not. Pro-choice does not mean pro-death, or pro-abortion, it just means that we are extending the right for a woman to chose, and that is all. We should leave things like this up to the individual who is in the position and not to people who may not have her best interests at heart.

I also believe that we should not force a person into a role that they may not want, or may not be ready to accept. I also think that it is unfair to claim that a fetus has more rights than the woman carrying it. Many women who seek abortions are women who already have several kids and cannot afford another. Would you force an entire family to starve for the sake of one fetus? How about the life of the woman? If she is desperate enough for an abortion and there is no provider available she will seek an illegal and dangerous abortion and put her own life at risk...

I really don't believe that pro-life means pro-life, because if we buy into the pro life rhetoric we are condemning desperate women to death, and countless families to starvation.

That's all for now,

1 comment:

  1. I could not agree with you more. I think you explain very eloquently what it actually means to be pro-choice, something that is often overlooked on the pro-life side of the argument. I love reading your posts; they always have something important to say and you're ideas and opinions are well-formed and logical.