Who “Owns” The Child?

By Sarah Terzo

“I do have moral compunctions. And if I see a case that’s later, like after 20 weeks where it frankly is a child to me, I really agonize over it because the potential is so imminently there. I think, “Gee, it’s too bad that this child couldn’t be adopted.” On the other hand, I have another position, which I think is superior in the hierarchy of questions, and that is: “Who owns the child?” It’s got to be the mother.”

The late Dr. James McMahon, who performed D&X (also known as Partial- Birth) abortions

Nat Hentoff, “It’s Just too Late: Third Trimester Abortions are an Outrage and an Insult to the Human Race.” Pittsburg Post Gazette July 27, 1993.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.