One of the things that we in the pro-life movement have heard tons of times is “If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it’ll be back to coat hangers for women.” It’s even to the point that at some pro-abortion rallies that coat hangers are held and displayed all around to attempt to make the point.
It’s sad that any woman would choose to insert a coat hanger into herself to kill a life. It’s sad that hospitals and doctors had to deal with the aftermath of these botched abortions:
The worst case I saw, and one I hope no one else will ever have to face, was that of a nurse who was admitted with what looked like a partly delivered umbilical cord. Yet as soon as we examined her, we realized that what we thought was the cord was in fact part of her intestine, which had been hooked and torn by whatever implement had been used in the abortion. It took six hours of surgery to remove the infected uterus and ovaries and repair the part of the bowel that was still functional.
So, this doctor rationalizes that because women will have an abortion by any means available, we should keep it legal because it’s better that it’s done in an controlled, sterile environment.
What the doctor does not do is make the logical connection in regards to what the baby is and what abortion does. Since abortion takes at least one life, I could make these arguments using the same logic:
- We should have a place where criminals can take victims to have them killed, so that innocent bystanders aren’t hurt when they would spray gunfire into a crowd.
- We should assist those that are going to commit suicide in doing the deed, because if they fail doctors and hospitals may have a tough time bringing the people back from the damage they’ve done to their body (since they would do it by any means available anyway).
Of course these two things are morally repugnant, but they use the same basic reasoning—it’s going to happen anyway.