'I can take a woman, in the biggest trouble she has ever experienced in her life, and by performing a five-minute operation, in comfort and dignity, I can give her back her life'These are the words delivered by Canadian abortion provider Garson Romalis on Jan. 25, at the University of Toronto Law School's Symposium to mark the 20th Anniversary of R. vs. Morgentaler. The thrust of his speech is to show how, even after two attempts by two separate individuals to murder him, he is still committed to the work of providing abortions. Recounting his internship at Chicago's Cook County Hospital in Ward 41, the septic obstetrics ward, he discusses the cases of septic shock from illegal abortions and the ones that resulted in death.
He really puts himself out there as the redeemer of those who want to abort their children, those with "unwanted pregnancies." I find it terribly sad that pregnancy can viewed as the worst thing that could ever happen to a woman. That isn't to say that having a baby, making changes to your life, and dealing with the consequences of sex outside of marriage isn't difficult--but nothing is so difficult it can't be faced. Frankly, I think this perspective also diminishes the strength and talents of women....do they really need access to abortion to be all they can be?
Providing abortion services can be quite stressful. Usually, an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy is the worst trouble the patient has ever been in in her entire life.
Abortion and abortafacients have come to be viewed as redemptive, saving women from the consequences of decisions that have predominately been their own. In this sense, it has become an idol, ironically opposite of the life-giving nature and work of our Creator.
HT: David Mendez