BUFFALO – A New York pregnancy center has become the first facility in the U.S. to offer both birthing services and abortions in the same building.
The Birthing Center of Buffalo is a new health facility that opened its doors last month. According to reports, the center is the first of its kind, offering both birthing services and abortion procedures.
Shouldn’t it be instead called ‘The Birthing / Murdering Center’? Because that’s what they’re doing.
“We are so proud to offer a full spectrum of reproductive services,” the birthing center staff shared in a November Facebook post. “Not to toot our own horn, but within the next few weeks we will become the first combination birth center and abortion clinic in the country!”
Since when was offing your unborn offspring part of ‘reproductive services’? Never, of course. Liars.
The Birthing Center of Buffalo is operated by Buffalo Womenservices—a pro-abortion agency which regularly condemns pro-life measures and organized a “40 days of prayer to keep abortion safe and legal” campaign last year. The facility now offers first and second trimester abortions up to 22 weeks gestation.
’40 days of prayer’ FOR abortion; one shudders at the appalling thought.
Buffalo Womenservices’ web site warns clients of pro-life protesters who might attempt to change women’s minds about abortion.
“Unfortunately, there may be some protesters in front of our facility, but they are not allowed past the front of the building or on clinic property,” the Web site states. “Please avoid communicating with the protesters.”
Yes, the pro-choicers don’t want you to choose life unless you choose to give birth at their facility.
Dr. Katherine Morrison, the obstetrician-gynecologist who heads Buffalo Womenservices, believes abortion procedures should be offered hand-in-hand with traditional birthing services.
“I see a connection between respecting a woman’s right to decide to end a pregnancy and her right to determine how she has her baby,” Morrison told local reporters.
“Both of these experiences—abortion and birth—can exist in a woman’s reproductive life,” she added. “Many mothers have had abortions or will have one.”
Abortion is unreproductive death, in fact it’s murder; it isn’t part of ‘reproductive life’.
Naturally, Amanda Marcotte thinks this is great:
Having a single place to go for all your pregnancy needs instead of sorting patients out depending on their preconceptions about outcome is just plain common sense. Being able to go to the same doctor to give birth and have an abortion at different times in your life is likely comforting for patients. And if you’re not sure what you want to do about a pregnancy when you first discover it, it’s going to feel easier to go to a clinic for counseling that understands all the options and can provide them in-house as well.
As Emily Bazelon reported in the New York Times in 2010, there’s been a move in the medical profession to rectify this problem by reintegrating abortion into mainstream medical care. “The bold idea at the heart of this effort is to integrate abortion so that it’s a seamless part of health care for women — embraced rather than shunned,” she writes.
And the Feministingen think likewise:
This is super cool because the birth community is really pretty separate from the abortion access advocacy community. Though there is definitely some notable overlap–Feministing alumna, reproductive justice advocate, and awesome person Pérez of Radical Doula being one great example–generally these two issues don’t mix. This is, quite frankly, absurd: one in three women will have had an abortion in their lifetime, and most either are mothers already or go on to become mothers. That these reproductive health services exist so separately from each other is definitely about one of them being very stigmatized while the other is seen as very normal–though both birth and abortion are part of many, many women’s lives.
The reason birth is seen as very normal is because it is; the reason abortion has a stigma is because it is murder. The reason that the two have been separate is likely because of the Hippocratic Oath, which, in its original form, opposed doctors performing abortions, and no doubt the reason, when abortions because legally available, they ended up being done at clinics rather than in ob/gyn wards of hospitals might perhaps be due to some lingering stigma. (That’s my guess, anyway.)
Clearly, though, the feminists would like it to be otherwise, so they cheer this clinic’s arrival, as helping lead the way towards greater societal acceptance of abortion; they’re hoping it will be seen as being as normal as any other medical procedure, when it is anything but. Alas, that might well happen.
Steven Ertelt of LifeNews recognizes the ‘terrible irony’ of this facility:
Babies will be welcomed into life in one room and, down the hall, their lives will be snuffed out in abortions.
Ertelt further notes the health risks for future pregnancies after having an abortion:
In the past few years, an ever-increasing number of studies have demonstrated that elective abortions in the first and second trimester are associated with an increased risk of subsequent spontaneous pre-term birth. A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which looked at 26 years of birth data, showed that a single induced abortion increased a woman’s risk of having a premature baby by 37%.
Local Buffalo-area pro-life activist Stasia Zoladz Vogel, president of the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee, is as appalled as Ertelt at this facilty:
It’s absolutely ludicrous that those who specialize in taking life claim they are qualified to help women give birth. For anyone to entrust the birth of their child to a business that specializes in ending the life of infants in the womb is foolhardy at best and dangerous at worst.
I agree. At the very least, since having an abortion can compromise a woman’s reproductive health afterwards, there is an apparent, if not real, conflict of interest for a clinic to promote both services; it’s as absurd as a clinic treating emphysema and performing tracheotomies running a corner store out of their facility selling cigarettes.
That and the moral dimension – this is not like tattoo and removal places: this is life and death, here. Literally.