Reading this Insane & Twisted Apologetic Propaganda makes one understand how Bovine Stupid American women are. Propaganda has managed to make Murder seem to be Righteousness, a Noble Act of Compassion, when the fact is, Women Worship the Doctor, like crude and ignorant natives in a backwater clutch of savages worship a Witch Doctor.
SCIENCE CREATED DOWNS SYNDROME, CANCER, by THE PETROCHEMICAL DRUG INDUSTRY, Oil is Poisonous, drugs are MADE with petroleum and Chemicals are introduced into our Drinking Water, that makes more sickness, yet Science claims they are Saviours, and Dumb Bovine Female Breeders eat it up.
In 1938, a new drug was invented, Diethylstilbestrol, also known as DES. DES is a synthetic estrogen. Doctors gave it to many pregnant women, including my mother, between 1942 and 1971. There were a few cases where it had apparently prevented miscarriage for women who were prone to miscarriage, and some doctors and researchers believed that, if it could prevent miscarriages, it might also make healthy pregnancies better, resulting in healthier newborns, higher birth weight, and other good things. Statistics did not bear this out, but we humans have a tendency to hang on to our ideas, even when new facts emerge to challenge those ideas. Then, in 1971, doctors discovered that some girls and young women who had been exposed to DES before birth were developing clear cell carcinoma, a vaginal cancer which doctors had previously seen only in very elderly women. The immediate result was that doctors stopped giving DES to pregnant women. And the next result was that they did a lot of research on DES daughters (and sons, and mothers), looking for other problems that might have been caused by DES.
Unfortunately, those problems were there to be found. DES mothers have a higher risk of breast cancer. DES sons have a higher risk of both breast cancer and testicular cancer. And when DES daughters get pregnant, we have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, just about any complication of pregnancy you can think of. And our babies have a higher risk of Down Syndrome, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, just about any birth defect you can think of.
When I was considering having children during the early 1980s, the best advice doctors had for DES daughters who wanted children was, “Begin trying immediately. Have amniocentesis as early in your pregnancy as it can be done safely, and plan to abort 5 or 6 fetuses before you get a viable one.” (I have since discovered that this was overly pessimistic, but it was the only advice I had to go on at the time.) That’s extremely frightening. I wanted children, very much, but to have to choose whether to abort a fetus that you already love and want, or to bring a child into the world with major damage? That’s horrifying! For me, it wasn’t worth it. I could have braved the pregnancy complications for the sake of having a child; it would have meant more frequent doctor visits, and a doctor who was specifically looking for those complications, but I doubt that it would have been fatal to me. What I couldn’t face was the virtual certainty that I would have to choose to abort a seriously damaged fetus. (Contrary to the assumptions of some people, women do not have abortions for fun.) So I gave up on having children, used effective contraception, and grieved my loss.
Fast forward to the late 1990s, when my minister’s wife got pregnant. They’d been trying unsuccessfully to have another child for a long time, and had given up on it, so they were overjoyed when suddenly it looked as if they actually could. However, she was over 30, so her doctor strongly recommended early amniocentesis. It turned out that this fetus had the very worst form of Down Syndrome. She would have been born deaf, and blind, and seriously retarded. It would have taken multiple heart surgeries just for her to live long enough to become a toddler, with no way to explain to her why she was in pain. All of their time and effort would have had to go into raising this child, to the neglect of the two children they already had, not to mention that the college fund for those two would have had to go to pay for the surgeries. All adequate reasons for an abortion.
But the deciding factor, for them, was that this child would have a short life, full of pain, and without understanding why. They felt a moral duty to abort the fetus, as early as possible, and they did, with my minister going along with his wife to the clinic (and no, he did not, in any way, “coerce” her).
One of their neighbors came to the mother and begged her to bring the fetus to term and allow the neighbor to adopt the baby. The neighbor thought it was just finances and the difficulty of raising a badly disabled child that were driving their decision. She couldn’t conceive that, for these people, it would have been immoral to bring that fetus to term — they would have felt that it amounted to child abuse.
Please understand, I am accusing no one of abusing a child because she decides to carry a badly damaged fetus to term; I’m just saying that it’s not always all about the mother, or the parents, or finances, or even other children the family may already have. Sometimes it’s about what is best for the child that the fetus might grow into, and on matters this important, people of conscience must be free to exercise that conscience.
It is now more than 100 years since Mary Dennett, Emma Goldman, and Margaret Sanger began their campaign to make contraception legal and readily available to women in the United States. It is nearly 80 years since the American Medical Association decided that contraception was a normal medical service and declared that it should be taught in medical schools. It is 74 years since Planned Parenthood was formed to make reproductive care available to all women in the United States. (Birth Control Movement in the U.S., on Wikipedia) It is 43 years since the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in this country. And there are still preachers who condemn what I did, to avoid having abortions, as being “against God’s plan.” It is legal for companies to deny contraceptive care in their employee health insurance plans, on religious grounds. Planned Parenthood is under repeated attack from those who care more about fetuses than about women and children.
I know that these parents still grieve for the fetus they aborted; it was an extremely painful decision to make. But I also know that they made their decision out of love, and that it was the right decision for them, just as contraception was the right decision for me. And, yes, I still grieve for the babies I never had, and the grandchildren I never will have. I comfort myself by watching the children and grandchildren of my friends grow up. But lately, as I see a presidential candidate say things that I can’t repeat on family-friendly websites, and as I see the climate change deniers in Washington D.C. systematically resisting all efforts to save our very planet, I find myself actually rejoicing that I don’t have children. The “only” hostages to fortune in my life are the children of others, and I’m very worried about the world we are leaving to those children.