The Last Victim of Abortion
15 when I first
knew about the baby ... my baby, that a casual sexual interlude
had produced, and I had no money to help my casual friend in her quest
to have an abortion when she asked me for it. If I had money at the
time, I would have given it to her
— to remove that
terrible inconvenience to my life at 15 (and hers at 18).
That was 1965.
I was 17
when I agreed with my next girlfriend to end the life of the
baby in her by abortion.
That was 1967.
Neither of these two women ever married to this day — and neither ever
had children. But I did. And no day goes by when I do not think of both
of those children, my children, I had sacrificed to my selfishness —
45 years ago.
It is right that so much attention should be given to the frightful
and deliberately hidden consequences of mothers who have chosen, been
induced, persuaded or forced to have an abortion, who have killed their
babies for any reason — most especially “convenience”. They
bore the child. It moved within them. They were totally
present at the
that suctioned out the remains of the baby that had been snipped apart
while still in them, limb by limb — while still alive.
The Last Victim
But it seems that no one
gives thought to the child's father and the consequences of his
decision to agree with and even be instrumental in the killing of the
child — who would have lived if he really wanted it to.
The baby, after all, was “flesh of his flesh” and as much his as the
mother’s. Somehow the father is left out in the cold correctitude that
accompanies every abortion as though his decision and complicity had
nothing to do with this terrible event, an event that would change him
forever, too — leaving the unhealed wound that would never become a
scar because it still bleeds. Every day.
Every day I wipe up the blood
of my child, much like Mary did the Blood of her Son Jesus after He
was scourged in the movie, The Passion of the Christ. Remember
that sequence? I wonder what Mary did with that Precious Blood? I do
not even know what I do with it. I try to offer it up
to God as some kind of vicarious atonement in the innocent flesh and
blood of another human being for my sin, for it covers me with unbearable
guilt — a guilt that I do not know how any human being can bear. Yet
somehow I do. I must. I cannot make it go away. The towel is never wrung
out, either in my heart or my conscience. Every day I wipe up that “precious
blood” — and have no where to put it. It just seeps into my conscience
and sustains my sorrow every bit as much as it would have sustained
my babies' lives.
I have other children now. Children that are alive in this world. I
have never told them of their brothers or sisters — brothers or sisters
whose lives I had chosen to end. How can I? How frightened they
would be thinking that perhaps their own lives had also been forfeit,
and that by grace or fortune or fate ... had been spared. How
would they look into my eyes? How would they see me then?
The Dad whom they know would
lay down his life for them ... had once taken the lives of their brothers
or sisters! Is this the real Dad?
How could I explain it to them?
I cannot justify it. I cannot
explain away this horrific complicity as merely the result of
“extenuating circumstances”, or tell them that I was too young to be
held responsible. I was not! I knew full well what I was doing.
And so does every father who has done murder. Do not be fooled by the
clinically sanitized death rattle of that charnel house called Planned
Parenthood, that would have you believe that they are offering you a
“service” for your benefit (... and for a fee, of course).
life will be better. You will be free to either resume or pursue your
own career, to continue studying, to go back to all the things you were
doing before this terrible “complication” put a bump in the road to
your happiness. That “protrusion” in your life can be easily remedied.
Let us simply remove it, and then you can go on as though it never occurred.
Now, will that be cash or credit ...?”
It is a lie. Your life will
never be as it once was. You cannot simply expunge this horrible episode
from your own time line as though writing revisionist history or a carefully
culled biography. It happened, and you will always know it, always remember
it, always carry that date as an obit in your heart and soul — like
a birthday that became a funeral each year. It never goes away. Subsequent
children do not erase it — if you have "exercised your right to choose",
and opted for the baby and not the bonus at the end of the year.
Did the dissolute and hallucinogenic
society of the 1960’s (even as much as today's) make it “feel” an acceptable
thing to do 45 years ago? Yes. There would be no frowning upon this
avante gard act in keeping with the selfishness of the Sixties.
All the (then "underground") "contacts" were, after all, from the universities.
They were “educated” people. They were more than eager to help. In fact,
center was in a Protestant Church in Boston (the Old South Church, I
think). Surely, it seemed to a young man of 15 or 17, that if
they were willing to provide this “underground service” at a
“church”, wasn't it an indication that what they were doing was at least
“okay” in a “progressive” society — and being located in a “church”,
acceptable to God?
Did that ease my conscience?
Absolutely. That an “educated class” was allowed, encouraged, to offer
their services through something so benign as a “church” was sufficient
to anesthetize my conscience. After all, at so young an age I was not
then “educated” — and they were. They were the best and the brightest.
Why, even an Episcopal “church” helped them! What more assurance did
I need that what I agreed to do was acceptable ... even a “social
We've Come a Long Way ... Baby
The government at that time
still had some semblance of a collective and historical national conscience
and considered this “service” illegal, because it was deemed murder.
We've come a long way since then. Do you remember the cigarette commercials
of the 1960’s, showing a young woman finally free to choose to
smoke with the punch line following her liberation: “you've come
a long way, baby!” And so have I ...
But the way is no easier because the government now holds that murder
pertains only to the adjudicated “guilty” where the plaintiff and the
defendant meet face to face, or at least the remains of the victim can
be produced as evidence of the crime. Our own children are another story.
They can be murdered with impunity — even government assistance — as
long as no more than 1/4 of their little bodies remain in their mother.
A mere moment longer and it miraculously becomes a “child” — and not
just “tissue”. Beyond that, the abortionist becomes a murderer if he
plies the ghastly tools of his trade. But not
the moment before. Life measured in inches, centimeters ... ?
I think about these things.
Simply because “the government” now holds that no crime is committed
in abortion, that murder is not done — is absolutely useless to me.
It does nothing to ease my conscience, nothing to attenuate my guilt,
nothing to assuage my sorrow. Increasingly the government tells me that
things that I instinctively feel are wrong — even terribly wrong
— are perfectly okay. Normal. Natural. Even while everything inside
me screams that it is so obviously wrong, not normal, not natural!
For 45 years I feared to open my mouth. Why? Have you ever stood in
prayerful protest outside an abortion “clinic”? One step, one word out
of line, and the police — at abortion clinics often incomprehensibly
brutal toward prayerful protestors while on their “paid details” (paid,
of course, by the clinic) — will demonstrate why in gratuitously
violent terms. In America, now as never before, you do not “go along
to get along”, but too often “go along or go to jail.”
So I sit, 45 years later, and fear even to voice my sorrow, openly express
my guilt. It is not “correct”. It goes against government policy. It
does not sit well with prevailing opinion (at least what the media tell
me is wide-spread and prevailing opinion, although, strangely, I do
not find it among those with whom I speak) and perversity as policy.
I begin to believe them less, and trust them less. Incredibly, it is
the social “scientist”, the lawyer, a government agency, who determines
— with counterfeit authority — the “viability of life” and the terms
under which alone it is “deemed” a life.
My heart tells me otherwise.
It has told me something quite different for the past 45 years. Somehow
the sorrow, grief, and loss of the father is completely omitted from
the narrative — that speaks to me every day of my life. My two children
from that time are with God. Perhaps ... perhaps ... I will one day
be, too — and when I see my children, what will I say to them?
What will you
say to yours?
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