Today I attended a great conference hosted by Oregon Right to Life,
‘TOGETHER WE ADVOCATE’.
I was particularly looking forward to hearing the abortion survivors. One, a young man named Josiah Presley, lost part of his left arm to the surgical instrument in a failed first trimester abortion. He is an inspired speaker who can inject humour into this dark topic. Claire Culwell lost her twin at 20 weeks, the abortionist did not know it was a twin pregnancy. But because her amniotic sac had been pierced, Claire was born prematurely at 30 weeks. Both Josiah and Claire were adopted by loving families.
Melissa Coles was 18 years old, already on the table, and she said: ‘I’m not going to do this,’and got up. The doctor just rolled his eyes, pulled his gloves off and walked away. Nobody in the Planned Parenthood clinic had anything else to offer her. Her baby was adopted by a loving family and they have a relationship now.
Dr.Benz talked about end-of-life issues. Everybody should be educated on this. Nobody should have a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) unless they are not expected to live beyond a year or so. It is basically a Do Not Resuscitate order. Some people’s doctors have filled this form out for ‘comfort care only’ on healthy elderly patients, after a very desultory discussion about what they’d like their last days to be like. Many patients don’t know they have a POLST. Many doctors are not pro life anymore. Dr. Benz related a case where he had to fight with an ICU doctor to get a patient treated, because his POLST had a DNR. But the patients family knew that their uncle was not ready to die. He enjoyed life. He recovered to enjoy it some more.
It was a happy, positive day with Hope and determination to alter things, to make the truth more widely known. We had Melissa Coles, an atheist and gifted number-cruncher from Secular Prolife, and repentant abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, who has given evidence five times in Congress, about the brutality of abortion, and he has come to the same conclusion as many pro life people have - THEY DON’T CARE.
This is the most disturbing thing that I’ve found out in the last three years or so, directly as a result of fighting to keep the 8th Amendment in Ireland, this confirmation that politicians and abortion lobbyists don’t care. THEY DON’’T CARE ABOUT THE BRUTALITY. They don’t care about babies, and they don’t even care about women in crisis circumstances. If they did, why would they not be in favour of helping women have their babies, instead of bitterly opposing groups that shelter and assist women in crisis pregnancies? Women who are looking around for help? I met many of these groups today. They had booths in the lobby. The pro-abortion lobby demonize these good people, and are constantly trying to shut them down.
They. Don’t. Care.