the Evil Law for Late-Term Abortion!
I. The Devil is in the Details
1. The RHA Will Kill More Babies
The RHA creates a broad health exception for late-term abortion, which allow women to abort fully viable fetuses for essentially any reason, including economic or familial health.
On the surface, it states "According to the practitioner's reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient's case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health."
Sounds reasonable, right? The main problem is the last sentence, "or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health." Actually, the main issue is the last word, the patient's "health". Those unethical doctors or lawyers can create numerous interpretations and loopholes on this word alone. So, what kind of health condition worth the killing of a baby in the late-term pregnancy?
Many women suffered depression during or post the pregnancy. Some women even committed suicide or filicide after giving birth to their children. Is Postpartum Depression a serious health issue? Of course it is. But does it give a woman the right to kill her new-born baby? No, absolutely not. So what's the difference between a baby one week from delivery and a baby one week after the delivery? Almost nothing biologically.
During the woman's pregnant period, there are always some health-related issues coming up. Should we use any of these health issues as an excuse for abortion? No. There is actually a better alternative to the late-term abortion for women who are facing some health issues during the third trimester of pregnancy. That’s the inducing labor including C-section surgery if neccessary, which is much simpler and safer than abortion during the late-term pregnancy.
After 27 weeks of pregnancy, the baby born prematurely would have 90% survival rate, and after 32 weeks of pregnancy, the baby born prematurely would have 95% survival rate. After 34 weeks of pregnancy, the baby would be born almost as likely as a full-term baby. Why does anyone want to create a law for abortion up to the moment of birth? What kind of health condition can supersede the life of a baby with 90%+ survival rate?
With the current advanced medical technology, the inducing labor including C-section surgery is much simpler, safer and more humane than crushing baby's skull inside mother's womb and cutting baby's body piece by piece to take them out of mother's womb. There is simply no need for a late-term abortion, with some rare exception I will address in the later paragraph.
What even worse in this RHA, by repealing the original Public Health Law, it would allow for viable infants born alive during an abortion to die without any medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies are sometimes born alive during attempted abortions. For instance, in 2011, the CDC recorded 1,298 cases of infant death in the U.S. that were due to “other perinatal conditions,” which includes ICD-10 category P96.4, death subsequent to a failed “termination of pregnancy.”
Now, with the new RHA, these babies could be treated as the "by-products" of a failed abortion and let them die without any medical treatment, and then to be thrown into the garbage bag as the "biological waste" from a failed operation. How cruel is that! That is definitely infanticide! If that is not evil, what else?
2. The RHA Will Hurt More Women
While many women's rights advocators applauded the RHA as the advancement in women's rights movement, they don't understand what kind of risk and hurt it would cause to women.
The original Public Health Law requires late-term abortions occur only in professional hospitals, but the new RHA repeals that provision and permits the performance of late-term abortions in facilities other than hospitals and by individuals other than duly licensed physicians. That could increase the risk of death for the women during the abortion.
According to studies, including “Risk Factors for Legal Induced Abortion-Related Mortality in the United States,” published by Obstetrics & Gynecology, the “risk of death ... for women obtaining legally induced abortions ... increases exponentially by 38 percent for each additional week of gestation.
A nurse practitioner or general doctor might be able to provide some good advice on health-related issues about pregnancy and abortion, but to let them perform a late-term abortion in facilities other than hospitals is simply irresponsible. There could be many complications during the late-term abortion. Even in the general hospitals, the risk of death still exists for late-term abortion, let alone in non-hospital facilities and by individuals other than duly licensed physicians.
The RHA makes it easier for women to have access to abortion service, which would entice many young and misinformed women to take the bait to abort their unborn babies. After several abortions, some women might lose the capability to be pregnant again and lose the opportunity of becoming a mother forever. Many misinformed and ill-advised women who took abortion in their young and reckless age now regret their decisions, but a life lost could never be recovered.
On the other hand, many women got pregnant at the inconvenient time or with financial trouble at an early age. They also thought of abortion, but in the end, they still decided to bring their babies to this world. Thirty years later, they are all happy about their decision of keeping their babies without abortion and seeing them growing up and got married too.
With the RHA, many unborn babies would be lost and many women would be living in grieve and regret for their unthoughtful decision emboldened by this unethical law.
3. The RHA Will Protect Violent Criminals More Than Women and Babies
The RHA also re-victimizes victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence by completely taking abortion out of New York’s penal laws. The abortion-related provisions in New York’s criminal statutes allow women to hold abusers accountable for the death of unborn children and for coerced abortions. With the RHA enacted, women can no longer hold violent partners, criminals and sex-traffickers criminally accountable for killing unborn children.
Studies, including “Acknowledging a Persistent Truth: Domestic Violence in Pregnancy,” published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, show that domestic violence escalates in pregnancy, with significant consequences for women and their unborn children, including death.
Further, studies also show that victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking undergo coerced, but otherwise “safe and legal,” abortions. These studies, include, respectively, “Associations Between Intimate Partner Violence and Termination of Pregnancy: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published in PLOS Medicine, and “The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking, Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities,” published in Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy. With the new RHA, these criminals could easily escape the prosecution of the law for killing unborn children and coerced abortions.
Some abortion doctors chose to inject the lethal medicine into baby's skull to kill the baby first before the abortion. That's the same lethal injection used in the death penalty for the worst criminals on the earth. Now, with many states banning the death penalty, even those worst criminals like serial killers and rapists are spared from the lethal injection. How could those hypocritical politicians call for the abolishment of death penalties for serious criminals but advocate the lethal injection for an innocent nine-month old baby in her mother's womb? How cold-blooded are those abortion doctors to inject the lethal medicine into an eight- or nine-month old baby's skull that even the worst criminals won't take?
II. How to Protect Women's Rights without Killing Babies
To save babies' life does not mean to sacrifice women's rights. There are some better ways to protect women's rights without killing babies.
1. Induced Labor instead of Late-term Abortion
As mentioned above, with the current advanced technology, the babies born prematurely after 27 weeks have over 90% survival rate. After 32 weeks of pregnancy, the survival rate increases to 95%. There is simply no need for abortion at the late stage of pregnancy unless the fetus is not viable. Even for the mother with some serious health condition, the induced labor, including C-section surgery, is still much safer for the mother than the late-term abortion.
For woman facing life-threatening condition, there could be an exception to the current law rather than changing the law to allow for open abortion. We should treat people's life seriously, including those ready-to-born babies.
2. Court-Approved or Hospital-Approved Abortion
Many supporters of RHA often repeated the same story of a woman diagnosed with cancer at the late-term pregnancy. She had to spend $25,000 to go to another state to perform an abortion due to the 24-week limit in the state of New York. Even though this is a very rare case, it still deserves the merit of a solution.
Actually, the solution to this problem can be very simple - the Court of Appeal.
All she had to do is to ask her doctor to provide a diagnosis report on her illness and a letter of recommendation for abortion. No judge with reasonable common sense will reject this kind of appeal when a mother is facing some life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
In the United States, people take death sentence very cautiously if not totally banned. Even a serial killer has to go through multiple court hearings for a death sentence.How could a baby at late-term pregnancy be sentenced to death without a court hearing? An agreement between a pregnant woman and her doctor is simply not sufficient to prevent a fraud and determine the fate and life of an innocent baby.
All legislators have to do is to create a provision in the law to allow patients with terminal illness to appeal to the court for abortion. It can be a very quick approval procedure with the proper documents due to the time-sensitive reason. The Court of Appeal could also be set in every hospital with several medical specialists in the committee, which could be very efficient to make a quick decision.
This court-approval or hospital-approval process will protect women's rights in case of the life-threatening health issue, but will not encourage people to have unnecessary abortions killing innocent babies. There is absolutely no need to create a law for "Open Abortion at Will" at the late-term pregnancy if we can have a Court Appeal Mechanism for abortion.
According to the study, 90% of women went through abortion because of the inconvenience of the unexpected pregnancy, not because of serious health issues. It's better to control your hormone and manage your sexual behavior with proper protection than killing innocent unborn babies, especially at the late-term pregnancy. If people getting involved in a car accident with bodily injury should go to the court of appeal, why shouldn't the people getting involved in a "pregnant accident" with a baby’s life at stake go to the court of appeal for a wise advice and fair solution?
The Mechanism of Court Appeal for Abortion is not intended to take away women’s rights, but to safeguard their lives and their babies’ lives from misinformed and irresponsible choices. It could save up to 90% of babies from unnecessary abortions without endangering women's health. How foolish are those legislators in New York to create such an evil law with huge loopholes just to cover such a small and rare exception?
3. Adoption over Abortion with Economic Incentives
For women who have financial difficulty to raise their children, government should provide more support and incentives for adoption. Currently, there are about 2 million couples waiting to adopt in the United States. If government could put more effort on advocating adoption over abortion, millions of babies' lives could be saved every year.
At this moment, most birth mothers who give up their babies for adoption do not receive any compensation due to the law that prevents people from selling their children to make a profit. But the pregnant women do suffer a lot of hardship and make a lot of sacrifice during the third trimester of pregnancy. If the law could allow the birth mothers to receive at least some compensation for the late-term pregnancy during the third trimester, many women may choose to give birth to their babies for adoption rather than choosing late-term abortion.
To prevent people from making profit selling their babies, the economic compensation should be limited to their medical expenses and minimal living expense during the third trimester of pregnancy. It can also come in the form of tax credit for adoption. A little bit economic compensation for the birth mothers in the adoption process can save a lot of babies' lives.
In the famous Declaration of Independence drafted by the Founding Fathers of this nation, it is clearly stated that people of America have “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”Life is in the first position, liberty in the second position and the pursuit of happiness in the third position. No one can put his/her right of pursuit of happiness above other people’s right of life. Therefore, unless the mother is facing the life-threatening situation, no other right of choice can supersede the life of a baby who is ready to come to this world!
Governor Cuomo, you professed your faith as a Catholic. I hope that you can put your faith into action and apply the moral teachings of Jesus Christ as your guideline to your policies and decisions. I am not asking you to impose your faith to others, but I hope that you can follow the commonly accepted moral standard that the Founding Fathers had built this nation upon. Two thousand years have passed, and Christianity has grown from eleven disciples to two billion believers worldwide. The teachings of Jesus Christ have been proved by the historical testimony of the last two thousand years. You can separate church and state, but you should not separate the time-tested Word of God from your heart. I just hope you, as a Christian, can always remember that "heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (Matthew 24:35 & Luke 21:33)
Now, some other states like Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia and New Mexico also like to follow the footsteps of New York, but they don’t understand the consequence of this evil plot. Here I want to reveal the spiritual truth about the unborn babies to the people of America, both Pro-lifers and Pro-Choicers, as well as all the people of the world based on the scripture of the Bible.
III. The Spiritual Truth about the Unborn Babies
Many pro-choice supporters thought women should have the right to determine whether they want to abortion or not, "My Body, My Choice". But they don't realize that the unborn babies in the mother's womb, especially during the late-term pregnancy, also have the same physical body structure as well as emotional feeling as normal human beings. More importantly, from spiritual view point, these babies in the mother's womb are already recognized by God, and they could also recognize God. Here are the two examples in the Holy Bible.
In the Book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament, a woman named Hannah could not have a child and she was often humiliated and provoked to tears by her rival, another wife of her husband with children. So she prayed to God and made a vow to God: "O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head." (1 Samuel 1:11) And God answered her prayer and let her get pregnant soon, and later she gave birth to a son. She named her son Samuel, which means "Because I asked the Lord for him." (1 Samuel 1:20) God knew this baby would be dedicated to Him right from the conception. And after he grew up, Samuel became one of the greatest prophets in the history of Israel.
In the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament, Mary went to visit Elizabeth while Elizabeth was pregnant in her sixth month. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!...As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:41-44) That baby was John the Baptist, and he "leaped for joy" when he heard the greeting from Mary, even though at that time he was only six-month or 24-week in his mother's womb.
From these two historical facts in the Bible, people should realize that God knows these babies even when they are still in their mother's womb and the babies in their mother's womb also know God after they grow to certain months of pregnancy. That's why David praised the Lord in his song: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13)
Therefore, don't treat the baby in mother's womb as a no-life organic tissue. They are life and have the same feeling as human beings, especially after they grow into the third trimester of the pregnancy. Don't choose abortion, especially the late-term abortion when a baby already has the feeling. In the past, too many babies were killed through the unnecessary abortion. Millions of souls of aborted babies are crying for justice from God. If people, especially the people in New York, do not repent and repeal or correct this evil law, the judgment of God, the Fall of Babylon prophesied in the Book of Revelation, will come upon you. Save Babies! Save New York! Save America!
All people of God and people with moral conscience should unite and speak out to protest this evil law of RHA and stop it from becoming part of the New York Constitution and setting bad precedent for the rest of the nation. Stop the late-term abortion and stop the devil before it reaches your doorstep!
Put People's Life First, Both Mother's Life and Baby's Life,
Before Any Other Right of Choice!
Just as Your Father in Heaven is Merciful!"
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