An innocent unborn child is brutally murdered every 22 seconds in the United States
In 1981 (April 23-24) a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held hearings
on the very question before us here: When does human life begin?
Appearing to speak on behalf of the scientific community was a group
of internationally-known geneticists and biologists who had the same
story to tell, namely, that human life begins at conception - and
they told their story with a profound absence of opposing testimony.
Dr. Micheline M. Mathews-Roth, Harvard medical School, gave
confirming testimony, supported by references from over 20 embryology
and other medical textbooks that human life began at conception.
"Father of Modern Genetics" Dr. Jerome Lejeune told the lawmakers:
"To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new
human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion
... it is plain experimental evidence."
Dr. Hymie Gordon, Chairman, Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic
added: "By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is
present from the moment of conception."
Dr. McCarthy de Mere, medical doctor and law professor, University
of Tennessee, testified: "The exact moment of the beginning of
personhood and of the human body is at the moment of conception."
Dr. Alfred Bongiovanni, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
concluded, "I am no more prepared to say that these early stages
represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the
child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty ... is not a
Dr. Richard V. Jaynes: "To say that the beginning of human life cannot
be determined scientifically is utterly ridiculous."
Dr. Landrum Shettles, sometimes called the "Father of In Vitro
Fertilization" notes, "Conception confers life and makes that life one
of a kind." And on the Supreme Court ruling _Roe v. Wade_, "To deny a
truth [about when life begins] should not be made a basis for
Professor Eugene Diamond: "...either the justices were fed a backwoods
biology or they were pretending ignorance about a scientific certainty."
". . .when life begins - is no longer a question for theological or
philosophical dispute. . .it is an established fact. . .that all life,
including human life, begins at the moment of conception." (Dr. Hymie Gordon,
professor of Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic; quoted by Public Affairs Council
pamphlet "The Abortion Choice," POB 98292 Tacoma, WA 98498)
"When Hitler determined to exterminate the Jews, some German humanists
objected on the basis of the sanctity of life and of natural justice, Hitler
simply defined the Jews as less than fully human, and his critics were
anesthetized. If the Jews were not human, then they did not have human
rights. What a simple solution to an otherwise perplexing problem! The
arument for rights...becomes capricious and merely a matter of definition of
terms by whoever has the power to make his definition stick...When abortion
opponents object that in doing so they destroy other persons - unborn
children - and deprive them of all their rights, the prochoice party simply
resorts to having the competent power - the Supreme Court - declare that
unborn children are not persons and hence have no rights to interfere with a
woman's freedom of choice." (JW Whitehead, The Second American Revolution,
pp. 118, 1982, David C. Cook Publishing Co)
"I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such
counsel; furthermore, I will not give to a woman an instrument to produce
abortion." (ancient Hippocratic Oath)
"I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of
conception." (Hippocratic Oath, revised September, 1948, Declaration of
Geneva) (These words were simply deleted from the oath in the 1960's by the
Univ. of Pittsburgh and University of Toronto School of Medicine.)
In 1994 Kawana Michele Ashley, a Florida woman, shot herself in the womb as
an abortion method. It worked. The infant survived 15 days after an emergency
Caesarian section. Ashley was unable to pay for an abortion, which was legal,
but because the infant died, she was charged 9-7-94 with manslaughter and
SPRINGFIELD, IL--A study by the Eliot Institute for Social Sciences Research
found that 28% of women who regretted having an abortion had attempted
suicide. About 65% acknowledged denying negative feelings for about 5 years,
20% reported nervous breakdowns. The subjects had abortions an average 10.6
years before the survey. (NIR 11/28/94) AOL
WASHINGTON, DC--No abortions have been performed in any military hospitals in
the 18 months since President Clinton ordered military physicians to perform
abortions. Every military doctor has used the conscience clause to refuse
abortions. (LIC 11/94) AOL
1. Abortionist Beverly McMillan on why she stopped doing abortions: "It got
to where I couldn't stand to see the little bodies anymore." 1.
Ex-abortionist Mary Meechan, "The Ex-
abortionists- They Have Confronted Reality" Washington Post April 1988 A21
2. Abortion clinic nurse: "We do abortions here. That is all we do. There
are weary, grim moments when I think I cannot bear another basin of bloody
remains, or utter another kind phrase of reassurance. So I leave the
procedure room in the back and reach for a new chart....I prepare myself for
another basin, another brief and chafing loss." 2. Sallie Tisdale "We do
Abortions Here" Harper Magazine Oct. 1987 p66
3. Another worker in the same clinic: "We all wish it [the fetus] were
formless, but its not. And its painful. There is a lot of emotional pain."
2. Sallie Tisdale "We do Abortions Here" Harper Magazine Oct. 1987 p66
4. "Arms, legs, chests come out in the forceps. It's not a sight for
everyone." -Abortionist Dr. William Thompson, Quoted in "Is the Fetus Human"
which includes interviews
with abortionists and women who have had abortions.
5. "Every woman has these same two questions: First, "Is it a baby?" "No,"
the counselor assures her. "it is a product of conception(or blood clot or
piece of tissue)" Even though these counselors see 6 week babies daily, less
than an inch long, with arms, legs, and eyes that are closed like newborn
puppies, they lie to the women. How many women would actually have an
abortion if they told them the truth?" -Carol Everett, former owner of two
abortion clinics and director of four, "A Walk Through an Abortion Clinic"
Issues Magazine Aug-Sept. 1991, p17
6. "Is adolescent pregnancy a disease? We have laws regarding other
epidemics. We have mandatory immunizations, but we have no law prohibiting
motherhood before the age of 14 in our supposedly civilized society. We
ought to mandate against continuing pregnancy in the very young, say, those
less than 14 years." --Minnesota abortionist Jane Hodgeson, National Abortion
Federation Conference at Washington D.C> on May 28, 1980
7. "They [the fetuses] were next to the garbage cans in paper buckets,
like the take home chicken kind. I looked inside the bucket in front of me.
There was a small, naked person in there, floating in bloody liquid."
--Clinic worker Susan Lindstrom, M.S.W., Dr. Magda Denes "Performing
Abortions" Commentary, Oct 1976 pp35, 37
8. "You have to become a bit schizophrenic. In one room yoiu encourage the
patient that the slight irregularity of the hetal heart is not important-
that she is going to have a fine, healthy baby. Then in the next room, you
assure another woman, on whom you just did a saline abortion, that its good
that the heart is already irregular....she has nothing to worry about. She
is NOT going to have a live baby...... Somebody has to do it. Unfortunately,
we are the executioners in this instance." --Abortionist Dr. John Szenes, in
Dr. Magda Denes "Performing Abortions" Commentary, Oct 1976 pp35, 37
9. "The first time I felt like a murderer, but I did it again and again,
and now, 20 years later, I am facing what happened to me as a doctor and as a
human being. Sure, I got hard. Sure, the money was important. And oh, it
was an easy thing, once I had taken the step- to see these women as animals
and these babies as just tissue...." --abortionist (name withheld), quoted
(from radio) by John Rice, D.D. in "Abortion" litt.d., Murfreesboro, TN Sword
of the Lord Publishers, p 31
10. "I hate Christians because I know they are forgiven, and I know God
will never forgive me for what I do." --abortionist, (name withheld), Women
Exploited: the Other Victims of Abortion. Paula Erwin, ed. 1972 New York, p
11. "From a strict medical viewpoint, every pregnancy should be aborted."
--Abortionist Lisa Fortier, 1980 National Convention of the National Abortion
in Andrew SCholberg, "The Abortionists and Planned Parenthood: Familiar
Bedfellows" International Review of Family Planning, Winter 1980 p 308
12. "I have never known a woman who, when her baby was born, was not
overjoyed I had not killed it." --British abortionist Aleck Bourne, Quoted by
James Wilkerson "A Doctor Speaks" London [England] Express, Jan 25, 1967
13. "A medically necessary abortion is any abortion a woman asks for."
--Minnesota abortionist Jane Hodgeson, quoted in "Human Life International
Report" No. 83 Aug 1991 p 6-7
14. "Oh no, I've done 13 year olds before. When they're ten, maybe I'll
notice." --Abortionist Alen J. Kline, on whether he noticed Dawn Ravenell's
age while performing the abortion that killed her. (This one appeared in
papers throughout the country).
15. "When discussing a sonogram, you are supposed to tell the client that
it is a measurement as far as the pregnancy is concerned but not a measure of
the fetal head or anything like that." --Mrs. Rosemary Petruso, recounting
her training on how to be an abortion counselor. She was told to withhold
information and to give even less information to teenagers than to adults.
Her story was in the St. Louis Review, Women Exploited, p 60
16. "The 54% of black children born to unwed mothers are not productive
members of society. Teenagers never make good mothers....single mothers have
bad children." --Nancy White, representative of NARAL quoted in "The American
Feminist", Summer 1994, p 14
17. "There was not one [abortion doctor] who, at some point in the
questioning, did not say, "This is murder." --Pro-choice author Magda Denes
on her two years of research and interviewing of abortion clinic personnel
for her book "In Neccessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside and Abortion
Clinic," quoted by S.J. Powell "Abortion: the Silent Holecaust"
18. "We know that its killing. But the state permits killing under
certain circumstances." --Dr. Neville Sender, abortion clinic founder, quoted
by Pro-choice author Magda Denes on her two years of research and
interviewing of abortion clinic personel for her book "In Neccessity and
Sorrow: Life and Death Inside and Abortion Clinic," quoted by S.J. Powell
"Abortion: the Silent Holecaust"
19. "You know that there is something alive in there that you are killing."
--Abortionist quoted by Pro-choice author Magda Denes on her two years of
research and interviewing of aboriton clinic personel for her book "In
Neccessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside and Abortion Clinic," quoted by
S.J. Powell "Abortion: the Silent Holecaust"
20. "Abortion is the taking of a life." --Pro-abortionist and former
Planned Parenthood president Mary Calderone, American Journal of Public
Health vol 50 no. 71960
Abortion Kills: Dr. David Reardon, Director of the Elliot Institute for Social Sciences,
discovered abortion is four times deadlier than childbirth based on a study of
statistical information from Finland's National Research and Development Center for
Welfare and Health.
Sterility: 3 to 5 percent of women are left sterile by abortion.
Mortality Rates: Dr. Reardon showed that women who had an abortion were 252 percent
more likely to die within the following year than women who carried to term.
Abortion Breast Cancer Link: A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology &
Community Health found 30 percent increased risk for breast cancer for women
who had one or more induced abortions.
"Abortion was supposed to reduce teen pregnancy. But the unmarried teen
pregnancy rate has risen from 49.4 per thousand in 1972 (Roe vs. Wade instituted)
to 99.2 per thousand in 1990.
One study of 46,500
school-age mothers found that two-thirds of the girls were impregnated by
adult fathers with a median age of 22. These are men who prey on young
girls and then try to hide their crimes with abortion.
Child abuse rates were to drop due to the elimination of unwanted
children. But the figures show a 331 percent increase in child abuse in
two decades. Sanctioning and even encouraging parents to kill their
offspring has clearly devalued children born or unborn.
We were told abortion would "empower" women and let them make their own
choices. But research has shown that 80 percent of women are pressured by
their husbands or boyfriends or by their parents to abort their baby. Is
Late-term fetuses are being dissected and
their parts sold for huge profits. Only 2 percent of these late-term
fetuses have any abnormalities. They range in age from 16 weeks to 30
weeks. Sometimes the babies are born alive, and the doctor must break
their neck or beat them to death. Is this acceptable?"
Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1/22/00
Legalized Abortion Harms Women and Children
by Ellie Dillon