Beth Vial appeared in a viral video recently. What did she do that garnered so much attention? Well, she had an abortion.
At six and a half months.
In an interview with AP, Vial explained that she got pregnant in February but claimed to have not noticed until late July. She then traveled to Southwestern Women’s Options, a facility in New Mexico that performs abortions through thirty-two weeks.
Vial said she needed to abort because she was “housing insecure” and lacked support, yet was able to pay over ten thousand dollars for the procedure. As an aside, couples seeking to adopt outnumber available infants, and they aren’t hard to find. What’s more, some are willing to provide financial help during pregnancy.
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It’s commonly believed that late-term abortions are only done to protect a woman’s life, but that’s not the case. Dr. Diana Greene Foster, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, conducted a study on why women abort after twenty weeks. She found that personal challenges were the most common reason given.
Many also think abortion is restricted at the point of viability, but that isn't always true either: some states place no gestational limits on when it can happen.
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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A third trimester fetus is fully formed, something that Dr. LeRoy Carhart doesn't try to hide. Carhart was featured in the documentary After Tiller, and in a BBC interview, he had no problem admitting that his job involves killing a baby.
Carhart: To the fetus is makes no difference whether it’s born or not born. The baby has no input in this, as far as I’m concerned.
Hilary Andersson: But it’s interesting that you use the word baby because a lot of abortionists won’t use that. They’ll use the term fetus because they don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a life.
Carhart: I- I think that it is a baby and I tell our- I use it with the patients.
Hilary Andersson: And you don’t have a problem with killing a baby?
Carhart: (Pause) I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.
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Learning that you’re pregnant isn’t always a happy experience. The good news? There are people who can provide information about adoption, material support, even help you deal with threats and coercion. In other words, you've got options.
Killing your baby doesn't have to be one of them.
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