New Video Challenges “Bodily Autonomy” Argument for Abortion
On Tuesday Secular Pro-Life Perspectives released a video in which the mother of conjoined twins challenges the idea that “you don’t have the right to life unless you can live independently of someone else’s body” (http://blog.secularprolife.org/2012/10/new-video-challenges-bodily-autonomy.html). Secular Pro-Life Perspectives explained the video’s message and intentions in a release reprinted below:
Tatiana and Krista Hogan, age five, are conjoined at the head. Because they share brain tissue, and because Krista is partially dependent upon Tatiana’s heart for adequate blood supply, they cannot be surgically separated. Overall, however, the girls have enjoyed good health, reaching their developmental milestones on schedule.
Mother Felicia Simms learned of her daughters’ condition at five months’ gestation, and refused to consider an abortion. She has received anonymous hate mail for choosing life.
“They called the girls freaks,” she told the Daily Mail in 2010. “The nameless letters said that I should never have had them.”
Secular Pro-Life president Kelsey Hazzard expressed her hopes that the video would benefit the family.
“Fortunately, the girls are too young to have understood those hateful messages,” she said. “But that won’t last forever, and they are inevitably growing up in the public eye. This video is a way for the family to say, ‘These sweet girls have a right to be here, and they’ve always had a right to be here.’ Hopefully people will start to think before they speak.”
The twins live with their family in Canada. Filming was accomplished with valuable assistance from Canadian media group Signal Hill. Movie to Movement and the Life Matters Journal also contributed to the project.
For further information on this story, please write Kelsey Hazzard at firstname.lastname@example.org.