How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students

I know this is a little of topic from my usual posts, but I couldn’t not share it.

How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students

I had always leaned more towards pro-life because I knew that abortion was killing a human being and common sense told me there really aren’t any good reasons to have an abortion. Because I don’t work in the medical field, or anywhere close to it, I was entirely unaware of most of the information presented in this article.

I am now 100%, without question, pro-life.

The fact that the baby is entirely it’s own being is the key point here. The baby simply exists inside the mother to develop and grow, just like a baby bird begins it’s life inside an egg. The different parts of the human body need to be developed before the baby can survive outside the womb (or egg, in the case of a bird).

Note: the article does not make any references birds at all, this is just a logical conclusion I’ve drawn based on the presented information. Maybe this gives you some insight into how my mind works.

The fact that the baby has the placenta and umbilical cord as a means to separate and protect the baby from the mother as well as the mother from the baby, rather than to connect them, is even more significant. The baby is being assisted in its growth and development by living inside its mother, but it is not part of the mother.

This also explains why women are able to be surrogates and carry a child that is genetically not their child, because the baby is never actually a part of them, it simply grows inside of them. – Another logical conclusion made on my part, and not brought up in the article.

If we laid eggs, like birds, being a surrogate could, in theory, be the same as sitting on another woman’s egg to keep it safe and warm until it is ready to hatch, and then the mother can take over raising it.

The thing that really got me, that I never even considered, is that people believe that abortion does not hurt the baby. In the one type of abortion described, labour is induced and the baby is born, alive, and it dies outside of the mother because it is not developed enough to breathe on its own yet. But another type of abortion described, using saline, shocked me even more.

“Immediately the baby recoiled in pain as the saline started burning its skin.”

The baby feels pain! Even at that young. Knowing a nurse, who was pro-choice at the time, witnessed that and was brought to tears by it is profound. I know I would have had the same reaction, no matter what my beliefs were.

I have a tendency to feel very deeply, and empathize with others very easily, even when I don’t want to or have no experience in the particular situation that I am empathizing with. So the thought of seeing a baby, recoil in pain, even while still inside the mother hit me pretty hard, even though I’ve never been pregnant and have no children of my own.

For me, this article simply confirmed and reinforced my existing beliefs and provided more logic to defend them, but I hope that it will make others reconsider their current beliefs.

If you’re still 100% pro-choice after reading this article in its entirety, well…..that’s your business. Good luck defending your position without logic or facts on your side. Not to be rude or anything, but that’s all I can say.

3 comments

    1. I actually found that really interesting. Part of me was surprised by it, at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it actually made sense.

      I remember a long time ago, I thought in the case of rape it might be ok, but I was in my early teens then and wasn’t really thinking about becoming pregnant at that point on my life.

      I remember seeing something on TV years ago (don’t remember the context) about a woman who had 3 or 4 kids and one was conceived through rape, but the but she didn’t treat that cold the same as her other kids because he reminded her to much of her rapist. That may have played a role in m thinking it was ok, at the time, but later I heard a few stories (most fictional, but not all) about women choosing to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. That one story was the only one I ever heard of that didn’t turn out so great.

      Add I got older and some of my friend started having kids, and seeing their bond with their children, and even being there during their pregnancies, I started to think that if I was ever in a situation where I became pregnant without wanting to be, no matter how it happened, I wouldn’t be able to give up that life. I’m sure it would be incredibly difficult, and I know I don’t respond to trauma very well (although the traumas I’ve experienced were not nearly that serious) but I think having a baby would take priority over the trauma in my mind.

      If course the logical party of my brain also feels the need to argue that everyone is different. Everyone experiences events, traumas, illnesses, response to medications, hormone changes, etc. differently, so this is something that would be different for every person individually. However, it’s hard to deny the facts.

      And there’s one thing that always comes to mind whenever the topic of abortion comes up. What about adoption? If you know you can’t take care of your child for whatever reason, you don’t need to kill it! There are so many people out there who are unable to have children but want them more than anything. Your child could be a gift to a couple who are unable to conceive.

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