This morning I had an experience, that shook me to the very core of who I am as a human being.
While enjoying my morning coffee, I came across a video, part of the “Kids Meet” series. There have been many of these, including Kids Meet a Bounty Hunter, or Kids Meet a Gender-Non-Conforming-Person. This video I am referencing however, was very different. Titled, Kids Meet Someone Who’s Had An Abortion, featuring Amelia Bonow, founder of “Shout Your Abortion”.
You really need to watch the video, in order to get a true feel for the casual and callous way abortion is portrayed, but allow me to give some small amount of feedback.
At a point early in the video Bonow describes the process of abortion. One of the Kid’s asks Bonow what happens. Bonow responds:
“You go to the doctor, and they put this little straw inside of your cervix, and then inside of your uterus, and then they just suck the pregnancy out,” she replies. “And it was like a crappy dentist appointment or something. It was just like, ‘This is a body thing that’s kind of Uncomfortable,’ but then it was over, and I felt really just grateful that I wasn’t pregnant anymore.”
“And it was like a crappy dentist appointment or something”
It only gets worse from here. She asks the young boy, “do we want people to just have all those babies”? When he presents the option of adoption instead of abortion, here is how Bonow responds:
“I feel like if I am forced to create life, I have lost the right to my own life. I should be the one to decide if my body creates life. Even if you are giving a baby up for adoption, you still like have a kid out there somewhere you know.”
No one forced Amelia to create life. She admitted to another child that he (her partner) was not wearing a condom. It is a commonly known concept, that if you have sex, there is a chance you will reproduce.
The young boy asks Bonow, what she thinks God feels about abortion. Her response to him nearly knocked me out of my chair.
“I think it’s all part of God’s plan”
Bonow then goes on to have a conversation with the kids about when life starts. Bonow states:
“I believe that, like, life begins when someone has a baby…. Clearly like some people believe that life begins at conception” and when one kid says that the fetus is not really a human being, Bonow agrees, “that is how I feel”. Another young boy compares the fetus to a “sea cucumber, it’s not thinking, it’s just living! To which Bonow replies, “I like your take”.
Not only do “Some people” believe that life begins at conception, but so did the international medical community, including the UN World Medical Association. According to the WMA (Wold Medical Association) Declaration of Geneva 1948 and the International Code of Medical Ethics, doctors agreed to:
I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.
Later versions of the Declaration of Geneva, revised in 1983 took out “from the time of conception” and replaced it with “from it’s beginning”, leaving room for different interpretations of when human life started. Interesting though, that for almost 40 years (and for hundreds prior), the medical community and our international governing bodies, all agreed that human life began at conception.
Finally at the end of the video, Bonow proudly displays a tattoo on the inside lower lip that reads one single word… ABORTION
it is so difficult to sum up a video like this, other than how much it saddens and horrifies me to watch Bonow talk about her abortion experience this way. Bonow claims to have made a mistake, and abortion was the solution she chose to deal with the physical consequences. However, rather than move on, she has chosen to become a walking billboard for the cause.
There are women who struggle on a daily basis with the mental and physical scars and damage abortion causes. It is not an experience to be taken so lightly and it is surely not at all funny.
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