A Do-Over that Can’t be
By Dave Andrusko
Amazing how almost anything
can get you thinking about what we pro-lifers are so concerned
about. Walking out of the elevator recently from the garage where I
park my car, I glanced up at the television set on the first floor.
The headline on the screen read, “Falcon Launch Aborted.”
This was a reference to a
glitch that stalled the maiden launch of a new commercial Falcon 9
rocket. A few hours later the rocket was successfully launched.
What, if anything, might this say to us?
As we learn more and more
about the amazing complexity of the unborn human passenger, it is
more and more difficult to pretend that what happens in an abortion
lacks moral significance. We are made aware in countless ways.
For example, if you’ve
thrown your lot in with the anti-life forces, it must be deeply
unnerving to see the app put together by Apple iPad and Pampers
which powerfully make the case for the humanity of the unborn child
in a casual, indirect manner (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulV5LDwdn8Y).
With all this awareness,
what can the more canny—read especially unscrupulous—abortion clinic
personnel say to mitigate the deep apprehension that women have
coming into or sorrowful regret going out of an abortion? They
counsel a do-over.
I’ve read stories from
pro-abortion sources so I am not just guessing when I say this.
Women ARE told that they can just have another baby.
You aborted the first
launch, so to speak, wait a little bit and try over. Nothing has
really been lost, except a little time.
Just to cover all the bases,
these “counselors” also try to persuade the woman that it’s okay to
abort because they have not made the decision “lightly” and/or offer
a series of gimmicks to convince women they have properly
“commemorated” the lost child.
But, of course, a ghastly
decision, whether made in a flash or after reflection, does not
change the gravity of the injustice.
All this pro-abortion
sleight of hand has only one purpose: to remove all speed bumps on
the path to a quick death. And the largest of all is all is the
woman’s gut-level knowledge that she is severing the deepest bond in
This is not to say—NOT to
say—that women cannot find forgiveness. Or the fathers of these
babies, either. Our Movement is filled with women and men who too
late came to understand what they had done was wrong but not too
late to try to make amends.
It is to say that our
Movement is built on the foundation that every life, every single
life, is of infinite importance. And in many ways, that may be as
clear a dividing line as anything to separates pro-lifers from