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The Truth Of Abortion Is In The Eye of the Beholder

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Caption: Baby at 6-weeks of development

An American photographer, who is calling herself “Jane Young”, is claiming to have taken pictures of her abortion at six weeks and posted them online. I have a few things to say about this.

By her own admission, “Jane Young” is trying to justify her decision to abort her baby by showing pictures of the jar holding the remains of her unplanned pregnancy. Is she comforted by the fact that she can’t see arms, legs, a torso, a head? Maybe she is relieved, but I don’t think she has found the comfort she sought.

In her own words Jane writes,

My intention in documenting and sharing my abortion is to demystify the sensationalist images propagated by the religious and political right on this matter. The perverse use of lifeless fetus photographs are a propaganda tool in the prolife/prochoice debate in which women and their bodies are used as pawns to push a cultural, political, and religious agenda in the United States.
At 6 weeks of pregnancy, my abortion looked very different than the images I saw when I entered the clinic that day.”

Of course Jane, the images the pro-lifers had on display were probably not of a six week aborted fetus.  My guess, they were much later in gestation. The fact being that most abortions are done at 12 weeks or later.  In fact, after your abortion, the collection jar you displayed would have been taken into another room where a clinic worker’s job would be to sift through the bloody remains to identify the parts of your baby. Hence your photo display of your abortion is not complete.  My question is why did the clinic do a surgical abortion at 6 weeks?  The usual protocol would have been an RU486 abortion.

Jane was driven by an ideological impulse to help other women who have made, or will make, the same choice, but she has not been completely honest. Most abortions are done in the first trimester, but later than six weeks. It’s actually a little unusual these days for a woman to have a surgical abortion at six weeks; usually at this stage, it’s a chemical abortion. Had Jane Young taken RU 486, she likely would have seen the fetal remains in her bathroom. Would that have been a comfort to her?  I think not.  No matter what you try to say or do, abortion is not good medicine nor good reproductive health for women.  It stops the woman’s body from doing what it is naturally supposed to do.  In fact, all surgeries help people to correct something their bodies are not doing correctly, except of course abortion.

If you want to see Jane Young’s site for yourself, go to Please think about leaving a pro-life comment there, although chances are it will never be posted.

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