Mother gives up her own life to save her unborn child

29 Nov

WK has filed this under ‘Heroic’ and ‘Choose Life’.

I certainly think the mother was selfless, and was following her maternal instincts, and she certainly made a difficult decision, and gave all for her child. I cannot fault her on any of those grounds, and I don’t wish to be uncharitable towards someone who sacrificed herself.

But I also wouldn’t fault any pregnant woman who chose differently, either. As a Christian, I’m opposed to abortion*, for the sake of ‘convenience’, as a substitute form of birth control after the fact; I’m not opposed to abortion for what I consider a legitimate medical reason: to save the life of a mother. If one has a situation like this, where there is a clear-cut choice to save only one of two lives, and the other one would be lost, I see little moral difference from, say, shooting a would-be murderer in self-defense or defense of others. Most of us do not find it morally objectionable for one to opt to save oneself in that scenario, or save others’ lives, as a policeman may have to do to stop an armed killer. And while this is a different scenario, with an innocent unborn child not intending to kill his / her mother, it ends up practically at the same place: to save the life of one individual, the other must die.

And what is the result in this tragic situation?

A man is without the love of his life, his dear wife, and now has to raise a child without a mother, by himself, unless and until such time as he might remarry.

Devastating, indeed.

Had she lived, they might have had another child or children together later, as many couples who’ve experienced miscarriages have indeed done. The unintended loss of an unborn child is tragic, but it’s not the end of the world. I think if I were married, and my wife expecting, I’d rather lose my unborn child than my wife, frankly.

And I don’t think I’m wrong to feel that way. Nor would I think it selfish for a woman to choose to live, for the sake of her husband, and a future together, in such a situation.

Dare I advance the thesis that in opposing abortion and the ‘culture of death’, that perhaps we may sometimes go too far in the other direction, wanting so much to celebrate a woman choosing to not abort, that we end up effectively endorsing such a decision in situations like this as THE RIGHT CHOICE, as if the opposite choice were wrong, unthinkable, beyond the pale, and of a piece with those who abort for the sake of convenience?

I do so dare.

Not that I’m saying that a mother ALWAYS ought to opt, in such a situation, to save her own life rather than give it to save her unborn child, either.

In this kind of situation, I’m completely pro-choice, in the truest sense of that phrase.

*And yes, I’m fully aware that abortion, as a surgical procedure, was not mentioned, but the effect would have been the same: the surgery that could have saved her life could have killed the unborn child. Functionally, therefore, there is little difference.


Totally awesome story from the Daily Signal.


In a selfless act, a mother from Aurora, Colo., made a decision during childbirth that put the life of her unborn baby son before her own.

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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


12 responses to “Mother gives up her own life to save her unborn child

  1. sfcton

    November 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm


  2. Mark Citadel

    November 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    To save the life of the mother is the ONLY exception in the case of killing an unborn child. All other things are categorically murder. And in a situation in which the child’s life must be taken to save the mother, the child’s remains should be given a proper, solemn burial and the little one must be prayed for, that the Almighty God give him or her refuge in the Kingdom.

  3. Carnivore

    November 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    What a heroic mother! What an awesome, feminine woman!

    Another example – Gianna Beretta Molla. (Can’t go wrong with a middle name like that! 🙂 )



  4. Will S.

    November 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    @ sfcton: Thanks.

    @ Mark Citadel: Agreed.

    @ Carnivore: Certainly, she was selfless, no question. And such selflessness is unquestionably commendable, in and of itself.

  5. Will S.

    November 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    @ Carnivore: Interesting about that saint; I hadn’t heard about her before.

  6. Mark Citadel

    November 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I believe there was a case in Chile of very little girl, (maybe 11?) who was raped and impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend. Chilean law expressly bans abortion in almost every case (has done since the reign of General Pinochet, God rest his soul), however the incident triggered so much shock and consternation in Chile that many demanded the president make an exception.

    Stunningly, the girl did a TV interview in which she boldly stated she was going to keep the baby and love it even though it came from the man who hurt her.

    The reaction from the babykilling left was visceral, going as far as to demand she have a FORCED abortion for ‘therapeutic’ reasons. This was even advocated by the country’s now-prime minister, a whore of Babylon named Bachelet.

    An interesting study of virtue opposed to stomach-churning evil.

  7. Eric

    November 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I remember that story from Chile. It’s never reported here, but thousands of American teen girls get pregnant, want to keep the baby, but are forced to get abortions by social workers and school officials.

  8. Eric

    November 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Think of all the reasons why Ameroskanks typically run to abortion mills and this woman looks heroic. It’s sad that she had to make such a sacrifice, but it should shame American women into better behavior.

  9. Will S.

    November 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    @ Mark: I certainly oppose abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and applaud that girl for doing the right thing, hard as it must have been to endure. Indeed, quite a contrast, between the mob, and the virtuous path chosen by the girl.

    @ Eric: It would be great if her example could shame North Ameriskanks into silence and humility, and reflection. Alas, it’s unlikely to do so…

  10. sfcton

    November 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

    IIRC the only way for a woman to get a grave maker in Sparta was by birthing enough kids or dying in child birth. This lady deserves her grave marker. Its a simple as that.

  11. Will S.

    November 30, 2014 at 12:22 am



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