Good morning everyone!!
So first off, I’m very PRO-LIFE…for the record-
but in one of my books I came across a personal story, Martha Mendoza ‘Between a Woman and Her Doctor’, and shes talking about D & E abortions and her experience with one.
So basically, shes pregnant, and the fetus dies at 19 weeks. She has two options, 1. take a medication to induce labor, and passing the baby (which is a pretty horrifying thought) or 2. have an intact d&e abortion (which she claims is the ‘safest’ option) in which they go in and…well…take out the dead baby.
Because of some restrictions on abortions after a certain point, her essay illustrates how impossible it was for her to find a doctor who would remove the baby, thus she had to have this ‘dead baby floating around in side of her’. she started bleeding, because her baby was naturally starting to expel the baby (option 1 without the inducement) and no one would take it out. she was in constant fear that the baby would just slide out while she was making breakfast for her other 4 children…etc…
I do sympathize with her…one, she lost a baby…thats heartbreaking in and of itself…two, she didnt want an abortion to KILL a baby, the baby already died- the umbilical cord had wrapped around its neck…and three…its like, ok, once something like that happens, i think, let it be done, let her bury it, let her grieve…but the poor thing had to carry this dead infant around for weeks…think about it…if it wasnt in her stomach…if it was in her arms…oh gosh…its like never ending grief!! i do sympathize…
So…my question is this…as catholics, what is our stance on THESE types of abortions? We are pro LIFE, but this child is dead…so…why the issue over removing it? and if it is the safer option, and the infant is dead, wouldnt the next person we should be concerned for is the mother?
Just little questions/thoughts in my mind…wondering what the official catholic perspective is on it…thnx!