Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Right to Choose

This piece was written by my friend, Rae Rabinowitz and reposted here with her permission. It speaks loudly for itself and answers a very common question regarding abortion and the "right to choose."

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          This elephant is getting too heavy to carry around anymore...Five years ago, I left an incredibly abusive situation. Seven years ago, I found myself at the beginning of said abusive situation.
          In my eyes, it was never and will never be a relationship. For a period of two years, I was raped daily. These daily assaults on my body resulted in two pregnancies. And those two pregnancies were terminated by abortion.
I justified both abortions to myself by saying "I have to do this because it was not my choice to have sex", "I have to do this because I don't want to be reminded of the things that this horrible man did to me", "I have to do this because I don't want this monster to be the father of these children and put them in harms way by bringing them into this world."
          I can tell you that going through with these abortions did not ease my troubled mind. They did not erase what this man had done to me or the internal scars I carry. And in fact, they added an extra burden for me to carry around. An extra burden to bear and an extra trauma to endure (physically, mentally, and emotionally).
          They say that hindsight is 20/20.. this would be definitely one of those times. If I knew then what I know now about how I would feel today and having to overcome not just two years of daily assault but choosing to end the life of two innocent little children.. I would tell you that it's much much harder than it should be. I grieve for those two little lives snuffed out by my choice. Especially now that I am a mother.. I look at my son and say "How could I have possibly done this not once but twice?!" They had not asked to be here or be conceived. They had nothing to do with the monster he was. But they certainly paid for his crimes. And I'm paying for them too.
          Truth be told, this is difficult for me to put out there like this.. but in some ways it's not. I'm not trying to invoke sympathy or sorrow for me. I don't want that. I simply want to give those who have opinions on this topic (abortion) an honest perspective. My own personal perspective on the subject...I wanted to give you a face to the "it's a woman's right to choose when she is raped."
          And I just want to let any of you who read this know that if I could go back, I would have seen both pregnancies through and birthed those babies. Because those babies deserved to have a beautiful life elsewhere with parents who loved them... even if it meant my own life for them to be here.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Silent Scream: Planned Parenthood Abortion Stats

*This post has been one of my most popular since it was written.  If the post has been a blessing or of interest to you, would you kindly bless me with a comment and a blog following? Thanks in advance!

I don’t feel too well right now. I’ve put myself through research about what I didn’t want to know and in doing so, I read things and saw photos I didn’t want to see. It’s the reason I don’t feel well right now. Why would I do that to myself? I’ll answer that later. **

In the wake of the media firestorm regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its affiliation with Planned Parenthood, I did some research…just because. As I did, I found myself flooded with a myriad of emotions. Anger, deep despair, and anguish. I also found myself manifesting physical symptoms—a pounding, tachycardia and palpitations, a headache, and a fight to hold back the tears. And I felt sick. Physically, emotionally sick.
This is my research. I'm guessing few of you will put yourselves through learning about something so controversial. It’s nauseating. It’s frightening. It’s real. But for those of you whose curiosity is piqued, here it is:
As you read the stats, I want you to know that the abortion numbers are Planned Parenthood’s own. The profit amounts are approximations based on the research and not verified by PP. However, whatever the exact amounts are, one must wonder if the agenda is truly “women’s rights,” "women's healthcare," or something more. Money has a funny way of blinding humans who will do whatever it takes to get as much of it as they are able. Abortion is profitable. Very, very profitable. The following equations represent how many abortions were performed by PP and the average cost per procedure each year. If cost was not available, the cost of the preceding year was used.
2004: 255,015 X $400 = $102,006,000
2005: 264,943 X $450 = $ 119,224,350
2006: 289,750 X $450 = $130,387,500
2007: 305,310 X $450 = $137,389,500
2008: 324,008 X $450 = $145,803,600
2009: 332,278 X $490 = $162,816,220
2010: 329,445 X $500 = $164,722,500
2,100,749=Abortions performed by Planned Parenthood since 2004 at an approximate profit of $962,349,670.

Americans killed in war:
American Revolution: 25,000
Civil War: 625,000
WW1: 116,516
WW2: 405,399
Vietnam: 58,151
Total: 1,230,066 (or 870,683 less lives lost in five major wars in than abortions performed by PP in just seven years.)
“While the Harvard case study does not refer to "abortion" when discussing Planned Parenthood’s raison d’etre, its financial report shows this to be a key source of revenues.  (Roman, 2009).
** As long as there are children who are the victims of someone’s greed, I will not be silent. (Enough said).

UPDATE: According to their online documents, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in 2011, 327,166 in 2012, and 327,653 abortions nationwide in 2013 adding a staggering 988,783 babies aborted in just three years in the United States. Currently, prices for each abortion range between $390-1090 depending on weeks of gestation. For the abortion pill, the cost is $360. The numbers of abortions for 2014 have not been published as of this update.