By Tori Shaw
Sarah Lopez, a so-called “abortion storyteller” and Democrat witness, gave testimony at the House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 13, proclaiming that abortion is “an act of self-love.”
Lopez, of Austin, Texas, said her abortion was the best decision she’s ever made. She serves as youth client coordinator at Jane’s Due Process, a pro-abortion group whose website headline reads, “Under 18 and Need an Abortion? We know getting your parents’ permission isn’t always an option.” The group provides free legal representation for pregnant minors. Lopez is also part of the pro-abortion group We Testify. According to their website, the group is made of up of women who believe abortion access is their “legacy,” and that they are, “the ones who will carry it forward for generations to come.” The group “unapologetically believes that people who have abortions are our future.”
Five years after her abortion, Lopez tells her story on the website, saying, “I honor my abortion by no longer giving a sh*t about what people will think if they know I’ve had an abortion (that goes for friends AND family).” She continues, “I love my abortion and I will remain unapologetic because it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Responses to Lopez’s statement via social media reveal that those who identify as pro-life and pro-choice alike were appalled by her callousness toward the subject.
Abortion is never an act of love, for mother or child
As previously reported by Live Action News, abortion is always a purely elective, violent act of destruction, in which a baby is suctioned from her mother’s womb, torn apart piece by piece, or lethally injected in the head or heart. This truth cannot be overlooked and is solidified by Live Action’s latest video series, “What Is Abortion?” The series features realistic animations narrated by four former abortionists and reveals the barbaric nature of abortion. Watching the series will cause the viewer to ask, “How can something so brutal also be an act of love?”
According to VeryWellHealth.com, women have abortions for a variety of reasons — bad timing, unplanned pregnancy, financial concerns, partner-related issues, an interference with plans, a desire to hide sexual activity or pregnancy, being done with child-bearing, and simply not wanting a baby.
While the reasons vary, believing that we can simply remove or extinguish someone that inconveniences us is a belief that stems from selfishness. Abortion ends the life of another human being. Homicide is never a loving act.
Even when a woman believes the choice to abort is her best option, abortion poses numerous physical risks, including heavy bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of the uterus, damage to internal organs, infertility, premature birth for future pregnancies, and even death.
The potential emotional and psychological impact of abortion is significant, involving guilt, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, suicidal thoughts and attempts, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, relationship problems, shame, fear, alcohol and drug abuse, and spiritual consequences, among other things.
A choice with so many physical and emotional risks is not health care, nor is it self-love.
Others Who Have Experienced Abortion Disagree
Many women who have experienced abortion remain silent because of their own shame and regret. There are brave post-abortive women in the pro-life movement, however, that vehemently disagree with the claim that abortion is self-love.
Sylvia Blakely, founder of AriseDaughter.org, knows now, 41 years after her abortion, that it was anything but a loving decision. It was a choice that hurt her and her child. If given the chance to go back and speak with herself prior to her abortion, she shared that she would say, “No, this isn’t how you planned for your life to go, but you are smart enough and capable enough to raise your daughter. Your daughter will be the center of your world. Without her? Nothing is as sweet as it should be. No degree, no job, no other relationship can replace her. Believe me. I know. The most loving, unselfish thing you can do is to put your child first in this situation, no matter what.”
Jeannie Pittman, founder of PATH: Post Abortion Transformation and Healing, has seen the damage abortion causes and knows it is never a loving choice. She told Live Action News, “Since entering post-abortion ministry in 2006, I have yet to see a woman come in for support and healing from trauma after delivering her baby. But I have seen hundreds of women who have been shattered by their abortions where they discovered their lives had become unmanageable from drug addictions to suicidal attempts and destroyed relationships. They were literally at the end of their rope and crying for help.”
Bettina di Fiore ended up having two abortions, causing her to experience the truth about the tragedy. Despite her own pain, she believed that even if abortion hadn’t been right for her, that abortion might be right for someone else, so she donated monthly to NARAL, went to pro-abortion rallies, and more. But eventually, she became a pro-life advocate, and says, “Every day since the deaths of my children, I have felt the two holes in my life where my son and daughter should be. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that your life will be more complete after an abortion, because it’s a lie. It will feel like something is missing for the rest of your life.”
Each of these women, and many more, share their abortion stories and the pain abortion caused them at www.askmeaboutabortion.com. This group of healed post-abortive women have taken back their voices and hope to save women and babies from the tragedy of abortion by telling their stories that expose the truth. Ask any of these post-abortive women and they will tell you that abortion is the furthest thing from self-love or self-care.
Abortion is a violent means to a selfish end, but it is never a loving act, and it is not self-care. Abortion always harms both mother and child.