If I told you that it was a good thing that I murdered my three-year-old daughter because, had I not done so, I would not have been willing to have my two-year-old son, what would you say?
Indianapolis resident, Victoria Barrett, basically says the same thing in an op-ed she submitted to the Indy Star over abortion legislation.
Senate Bill 334, was authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Amanda Banks and co-Authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse and the bill would “Prohibits a person from performing an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion because of: (1) the sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability. Makes it a Level 5 felony if a person knowingly or intentionally performs a sex selective abortion or an abortion conducted because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides for civil relief.”
It was in response to this legislation that prompted Barrett to write her letter of protest. Barrette claimed that if SB334 had existed when she carried her daughter, diagnosed with a Trisomy 13, her son would not exist today.
“My daughter’s “disability,” Barrett writes, “caused her to develop hydrocephaly; a heart with a missing chamber; a malformed, open abdominal wall; a cleft lip and palate on both sides of her mouth; and club feet; is called, by the medical establishment, “incompatible with life.” It’s deemed as such for a reason: no child with a full trisomy 13 anomaly ever survives more than a few days after birth. The vast majority spontaneously abort — the medical term for miscarriage — on their own. But my daughter, despite developmental problems so severe no fetus could possibly survive them, was still alive in my womb at 15 weeks of pregnancy.”
Barrett says clearly that she loved her daughter – yet- she also states that ending her life, “before her suffering worsened” was, “the only humane, responsible choice. It was the only choice that could possibly have been made out of love.”
When I first read this, I did a double take – are you kidding me?
Who would actually accept this reasoning?
Abortion has so affected our culture that we have lost the ability to reason. In reality, if a mother wrote a letter admitting that she ended the life of her born daughter – we’d be outraged.
We do not know the exact time Barrett aborted her unborn daughter nor the procedure used to end her life.
But according to WebMD, at 15 weeks the most likely procedure used is Dilation and Evacuation or D+E.
They describe it this way:
Pass a grasping instrument (forceps) into the uterus to grasp larger pieces of tissue. This is more likely in pregnancies of 16 weeks or more and is done before the uterine lining is scraped with a curette.
Use a curved instrument (curette) to gently scrape the lining of the uterus and remove tissue in the uterus.
Use suction. This may be done as a final step to make sure the uterine contents are completely removed.
That “loving, humane” D+E procedure is described by a former abortionist below:
What if, instead of writing about her 15 week unborn daughter, Barrett had said that ending the life of her 15-year-old daughter by ripping her diseased riddled body apart limb from limb, was “human, responsible, and loving?” What would we say?
To Barrett, protecting disabled children in the womb is an attack on- guess who? HER!
In fact, a quick google search turns up a blog where Ms. Barrett writes about her “loving and humane choice.”
But, instead of referring to her beloved and suffering daughter, she calls her, “a 15-week gestated fetus“ admitting, “I didn’t know how to grieve a half-formed human I had never met, and I felt like a tremendous failure.”
“The surgeon had been concerned that it wouldn’t be possible to dilate my cervix sufficiently to remove a 15-week gestated fetus because I had never delivered a child. He wanted to be sure to use as much laminaria as possible, which turned out to be five sticks. I laid on the table, stoic, angry, as long as I could before I cried. The pain, already, before the seaweed began its work, radiated from the core of my being. It felt like nothing I had ever imagined,” Barrett wrote.
About the moment Barret ended her daughter’s life, she writes:
“The rest of the week went about as you might imagine: by morning I was fully dilated; we waited for five hours at the understaffed hospital before the 20-minute procedure began; a nurse insisted, on my behalf, on conscious sedation at a minimum. I walked into the operating room, was provided a stepping stool to get myself onto the sterile table under the blinding, hot lights, like stage lights. It seemed so odd that the operating room had a panoramic view of the city out enormous windows. The actual termination was over in a blink, painless, mostly a relief. And then our daughter was gone.
“After my head cleared, for about an hour I felt a strange bodily elation, as though I could turn cartwheels right then and there. When the surgeon finally arrived to talk before we checked out, he asked, “Can you already tell you’re not pregnant?” I could.”
Barrett questions Holdman’s motives in sponsoring the bill by calling it, “mandated torture of the mothers.”
Really Ms. Barrett? YOU were the tortured one here?
Barrett’s words offer no compassion towards the many children with various levels of disability having protection – none!
After all, as Barrett states in her letter to the Indy-Star, “If I had been forced to carry my daughter until she spontaneously aborted — or worse, until she was delivered, suffered tremendously, and died in my arms — I would never have chosen to have another child.”
So, I suppose we are supposed to “celebrate” that this mother who so willingly “ended the life” of her disabled daughter in the womb – is now the mother of another child, a son?
I can’t and I won’t buy into this “murder is compassion” lie. I refuse to accept that Barrett made a difficult choice out of love and concern of her tiny baby girl.
Abortion is NEVER a humane, responsible choice.
No way….I wouldn’t accept this logic if Barrett’s daughter was 15-years-old and I won’t accept it if she is 15 weeks or more in the womb either. And neither should anyone else.