Preterm labor is not a “miscarriage,” and murder is not a medical treatment for an unborn child

In an op-ed for the Des Moines Register, a woman named Abby Collins shared her personal story about receiving a prenatal diagnosis and developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. Although her emotional story is intended to provoke anger over pro-life laws, Collins is essentially advocating the elitist and eugenic idea that some children are better off dead than born.

Collins begins by attacking an unnamed religion that allowed her to grow up “in a culture of dying women and babies” because their “church taught that God would heal us, and people routinely refused life-saving medical care.” She said that through this unnamed religion, she “saw firsthand what happened when pregnant women didn’t get the medical care they needed.” However, she never mentioned this religion forbidden medical care, only that members “routinely refused” such care.

Someone who refuses medical care for themselves has done so Nothing have to deal with pro-life laws – which only the intentional murder of unborn children factual medical care. Necessary medical care shall not be denied to a pregnant woman by reputable medical providers in any state; If necessary and legitimate medical care is denied without good reason, these medical providers may be guilty of negligence.

Refusing care for children

However, a parent’s refusal to provide medical care for a child is similar to the abortion that Collins advocates in cases like hers. She explained that during her 19-week appointment, she found out her newborn had “severe growth retardation.”

“If I had a miscarriage in the next few weeks, I would likely have severe developmental delay or death,” she said of her baby. “Meanwhile, I was at high risk for life-threatening preeclampsia.”

First of all, this formulation is remarkably strange. It seems she calls an early or premature birth a “miscarriage.” This is inaccurate; is a miscarriage when the child dies in the uterus before 20 weeks’ gestation. A child who has had a miscarriage would not have “severe developmental delays” like a child who has had a miscarriage already died. Given that the media is currently fixated on the lie that women are being denied “miscarriage care,” Collins’ use of the term “miscarriage” in her story instead of the proper phrase “preterm labor” is likely to have a more emotional evoke feelings. response from readers.

If Collins were to go into premature labor at 19 weeks, her child would likely not survive. But if Collins were to go into labor “in the next few weeks,” as she said — especially during or after 21 weeks of pregnancy — her child would actually have a chance of survival. While a child born so early may have developmental delays, Collins suggests this is a fate worse than death for her baby – and that just the chance of premature birth and developmental delays was a justification for killing the baby before any of these possible outcomes could even occur.

Second, Collins claimed that “the specialist who confirmed the diagnosis would not answer our repeated questions about our prognosis.” She added, “Since I was almost 20 weeks, all she responded with was, ‘I don’t know what you want me to say.’ Right now you are having this child. ”

This implies that Collins may have asked specifically about abortion and tried to find out whether her child’s prognosis would allow for an abortion. If she had asked about the prognosis in terms of getting the right care for her child, the answer from a “specialist” would likely have been different.

The non-existent political attack on women

Collins further claims that her doctors were “afraid” to provide her care because “politicians revoked my right to evidence-based care…” It’s the same claim that other women have made, even though many of them actually offer “evidence-based care.” received what they needed for their specific situation; others were probably victims of it medical neglectnot from politicians who are committed to protecting newborn children from intentional death.

There is no “evidence” that children should be deliberately killed through induced abortion to save women’s lives or as part of their own medical treatment. Whenever a pregnancy needs to end, the child can be delivered. This is not an induced abortion if the intent is not to destroy the child. Even if that child is too young to surviveemergency premature delivery is not an induced abortion and is not prohibited by any law.

It only takes common sense to understand that pregnancies can be terminated without intentionally killing an unborn child through induced cardiac arrest or mutilation. It makes more sense to skip the killing and go straight to the delivery if the situation is an emergency.

Sometimes a diagnosis of growth restriction requires the child to be delivered prematurely so that doctors can help the child survive. This is no induced abortion either and is not prohibited by law.

There is no law forcing women to remain pregnant during a medical emergency short of killing the child on purpose pre-delivery is now rightly banned in many states.

Early urgent delivery

A premature emergency delivery is exactly what doctors performed for Collins when it became clear that her pregnancy had to end. At 33 weeks, Collins “began to experience preeclampsia with liver failure.” Her baby was born prematurely, weighing two pounds, 10 ounces, and spent six weeks in the NICU — which Collins claimed would have “financially ruined” the family if they did not have “private insurance under the provisions of Affordable Care Act. ”

This is a scare tactic often used by abortion advocates to use financial fears as a justification for abortion. It is a false claim that a less privileged woman would be financially ruined without an abortion. Hospitals often work with families to negotiate costs, set up a payment plan, or write off debt for patients who cannot afford it. In addition, lower-income pregnant women have access to state Medicaid, which in Missouri (where Collins lived at the time) is available to women and children. Medicaid in Missouri offers pregnant women, including their unborn children, health insurance based on income.

Collins doesn’t provide an update on how her child is doing today; she simply says that she is a mother of two children. However, she now lives in Iowa, where babies from six weeks of age are protected from abortion. Collins decided to have a tubal ligation because she couldn’t fathom the idea that it was possible to care for pregnant women without deliberately killing their unborn children.

“I can’t risk getting pregnant again,” she said. “Not in this environment, in this condition. I would leave two children behind.”

The entire op-ed is an attempt to drum up support for abortion by 1) misrepresenting state pro-life laws, 2) misrepresenting miscarriage, 3) pretending that doctors can’t treat women being able to help or be compassionate to women without deliberately killing their children.

Collins says she now worries “about the future my daughter faces. What if she becomes pregnant and is denied life-saving medical care because of a state law?

But there There is no state law that denies life-saving medical care to pregnant women. Instead, pro-life laws ban the intentional murder of newborn children.