Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Abortionist is actually giving life?

I don't see how anyone can read this article in the L.A. Times and be anything but disturbed by it. Just more evidence that abortion is modern day birth control. The subtitle of the article is this:

Yes, an Arkansas doctor says, he destroys life. But he believes the thousands of women who have relied on him have been 'born again.'

He calls himself an "abortionist" and says, "I am destroying life." But he also feels he's giving life: He calls his patients "born again." "When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says. (ed. keep in mind, he's not referring to pregnancies through rape or incenst as disastous, but one's that result through a like of responsible behavior) Before giving up obstetrics in 1991, Harrison delivered 6,000 babies. Childbirth, he says, should be joyous; a woman should never consider it a punishment or an obligation. "We try to make sure she doesn't ever feel guilty," he says, "for what she feels she has to do." (ed. Oh, heaven forbid we don't want them to feel guilty for actually killing an innocent life?) . . .

Before, after and even during an abortion, Harrison lectures his patients on birth control. He urges them to get on the pill and to insist their partners use condoms. They promise. But Harrison knows many will be back. His first patient of the day, Sarah, 23, says it never occurred to her to use birth control, though she has been sexually active for six years. When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. "I don't think my dress would have fit with a baby in there," she says. The last patient of the day, a 32-year-old college student named Stephanie, has had four abortions in the last 12 years. She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion "is a bummer," she says, "but no big stress." (ed. a "bummer" huh. I guess your not the one being ripped limb from limb) Harrison does not get frustrated with such patients. He has learned to focus on the facts he considers most important: This woman does not want to be pregnant. He can give her back control of her life and keep a child from coming into the world unwanted. (ed. Unwanted, are you kidding me. As if he doesn't realize the demand for adopted babies in this country) He believes in this so strongly, he waives his fees for women who can't come up with the money. Last February, Harrison injured his head in a fall. He underwent three surgeries and spent months in rehabilitation. His wife urged him to retire. "There's no one to take my place," he told her. As soon as he felt strong enough, Harrison was back in surgery. He'll keep at it as long as his stamina holds, or as long as it is legal. Three abortions before lunch and three more after: The appointment book is always full.


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