The issue of abortion isn’t just a political football

The information age is rife with reminders that the serious issues aren’t just fodder for those earning their living in the arena of political entertainment. Inarticulate politicians who view everything as a “political football” need only scan the headlines to find real life illustrations for why one side of the debate is right and the other is wrong.

News stories that involve the ugly reality of abortion are getting wider attention all the time, and two recent ones from across the sea caught our attention.

Matt Drudge linked this headline on his website just the other day:

Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins

From the Daily Telegraph of London article:

An artist killed herself after aborting her twins when she was eight weeks pregnant, leaving a note saying: “I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum.”

While the pro-aborts argue that terminating the life of an unborn is a woman’s “right,” an untold number of women who have had an abortion never truly come to terms with it. In this instance, the victim’s mother said her daughter couldn’t live with what she had done.

A doctor is quoted in the article stating the obvious: “It is clear that a termination can have a profound effect on a woman’s life.”

The second story has a better ending, especially in light of the fact that advice given by medical professionals was ignored:

Citizen Link ran this headline:

Doctors Advised Abortion; Baby Born Healthy

From the article:

A Wales couple are enjoying their healthy 5-month-old son after they defied doctors’ recommendation to abort him.

Before Brandon Kramer was born, doctors diagnosed him, via an MRI scan, with a rare brain disorder that reportedly would cause deafness and blindness. Becky and Kriss were told their son probably would survive only a few hours. Just weeks before Brandon’s birth, doctors recommended abortion.

The couple ignored the doctors’ advice and welcomed a healthy boy on Oct. 1, 2007. He is now teething and attempting to talk.

The article notes that the United States Senate is —

— “currently is considering the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (S. 1810), which would provide up-to-date information and resources to families that receive adverse genetic diagnoses during pregnancy.”

Clearly that bill is not just another piece of obscure legislation or a “political football.”

©2008 John F. Biver