Rev. Amanda Henderson is the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado’s executive director. According to the group’s website, she’s adept at “mobilizing individuals and groups in times of injustice.” Yet when it comes to grasping basic biology, she could use some help.
In 2016, Henderson was shown ultrasound images of a legislator’s unborn daughter at twenty-eight weeks. Her response? The girl was merely “a potential life” since there’s “not one religious view of when life begins.” But while Henderson might have been unsure, the science isn’t.
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People who aren’t alive don’t grow and develop, and that’s exactly what a fetus does. As the Mayo Clinic explains, a baby develops a heart, brain, feet, toes, arms, elbows, genitals, and finger nails–all in the first trimester. He or she will be considered viable at twenty four weeks, although many have survived earlier; this little guy was delivered at twenty three weeks:
As the pregnancy continues, a child can be observed sucking his or her thumb. How could a mere potential life could engage in such behavior? Rev. Henderson didn’t explain. Still, perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on her ignorance.
After all, her state isn’t any better.
Colorado puts no gestational limits on when an abortion can take place. The Boulder Abortion Clinic advertises third trimester abortions, and while its website claims they’re “almost always done when there’s “a catastrophic fetal anomaly or genetic disorder that guarantees death, suffering, or serious disability for the baby,” undercover video footage proves otherwise. Earlier this year, staff were shown offering to abort a healthy baby at twenty five weeks:
Dr. Anthony Levatino has performed over twelve hundred abortions (you can verify his medical license here), and in the video below, he describes how a third trimester abortion is done. The evidence indicates that child can feel pain by this point; keep that in mind as you listen to his description:
To help ensure the baby will be delivered dead and not alive, the abortionist uses a large needle to inject digoxin or potassium chloride through the woman’s abdomen or vagina, targeting the baby’s heart, torso, or head. When the digoxin takes effect, the lethal dose causes a fatal cardiac arrest, and the baby’s life will end. (Even if the needle misses the baby, digoxin can still kill the baby when released into the amniotic sack, but will usually take longer to kill the child.)
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You may have heard that late-term abortions are only done when a mother’s life is in danger, but as Dr. Levatino explains, that simply isn’t the case.
Diane Greene Foster has argued that late-term abortion needs to be available for economic reasons. The California professor completed a study on women who were unable to abort because they were too far along, and she found that “they experience negative economic consequences” which is why allowing late-term abortion on demand is “exactly right on.”
Leaving aside the idea that it's okay to kill your child in order to save money, Foster's analysis rests on a false choice: either raise a baby you can't afford or have an abortion. But the reality is that couples seeking to adopt outnumber available infants, and you can find many of them online. Adoption.com allows those who have been approved by a licensed adoption agency to create a profile. Typically interested in open adoption, prospective parents can be searched by location, family size, religion, or other factors.
In 2013, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado opposed executing Nathan Dunlap, a mass murderer who called his victims “nothing” (Dunlap was given an indefinite reprieve by then Gov. John Hickenlooper). If the idea of killing a baby in a manner that was deemed too cruel for a convicted killer bothers you, then you're not alone.
Next year, Coloradans will vote on an initiative to protect unborn children after twenty-two weeks. To find out how you can get involved, visit DueDateTooLate.com. Because there are a lot of things that set Colorado apart; unlimited late-term abortion shouldn't be one of them.
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