On Sunday, ALRANZ launched a new website “My Decision” which aims to intimidate and bully pro-life doctors through naming them and publishing women’s stories about their experiences with “hostile or unhelpful health professionals”.
Through the website ALRANZ wants to take options away from women by publishing the names of these individuals and organisations. By doing this, it is being inferred that they are archaic, putting their own beliefs over and above good medicine, good science. But these pro-life health professionals and crisis pregnancy centres are being honest, not only about their beliefs, but the science and medical evidence which shows that human life begins at the moment of fertilization and that some so-called contraceptives are abortifacient.
The irony of the site has not gone unnoticed. Somehow, in the mixed up world of “choice” every woman is free to make their own decision regarding “her body” as long as she embraces pro-choice rhetoric.
If she suffers after her abortion – it couldn’t be possible.
If she realises the reality of her decision to abort her child and then speaks out – she must be silenced.
If she approaches a pro-life doctor or a crisis pregnancy centre for help and support – she’s been sucked in to a world of lies and deceit and has been coerced into bringing her preborn child to birth.
If she chooses Natural Fertility methods over artificial birth control and abortifacients – she is seriously backward, and brainwashed by those religious zealots.
ALRANZ says that women must be able to access “reproductive health services” as a right. They say this because it is critical to the religion of CHOICE.
But what about those of us who are pro-life and want to make our own decisions?
For us real choice does not exist.
It’s pretty hard for the average person to find out which medical professionals are directly involved in abortion in New Zealand. In 2012, Southlanders for Life attempted to find out which practitioners were working at the newly opened Southland Hospital abortion facility. ALRANZ were quick to say that this was a “dangerous bullying tactic”.
I think we could use the same words to describe the “My Decision” site.
And how’s this for pro-choice bullying?
I have given birth to seven children. Each of their births were very difficult and six of my pregnancies were deemed high risk, complicated by gestational diabetes, occasional cholestasis of pregnancy and repeat cesarean sections.
Immediately after the birth of our third child the surgeon told me never to have another child.
Each of my last four pregnancies were difficult times – partly because of my health, but mainly from the outside stress from repeatedly being told by midwives and obstetricians that I MUST have a tubal ligation.
When I say repeatedly, I mean over and over again for each of the four pregnancies. I have heard stories of women being asked once and then that is it. That never happened to me.
One of my worse experiences was less than 24 hours after the birth of our fifth child. I was desperately sick. I had cried the whole way through that first night, trying to care for my newborn daughter while constantly vomiting and being restricted in my movement because of the cesarean section.
That morning, the lead midwife (not my LMC), who I saw from time to time, came into my hospital room with the lecture that most people would be afraid to hear while well and happy. In that lecture she told me that next time I would DIE. My husband was completely irresponsible – and where was he anyway? (Um looking after four kids at home while he too was unwell)… Forget my religion – I could get a dispensation from my Bishop… I just HAD to have a tubal ligation… didn’t I get it? She was RIGHT and I was WRONG.
Tell me where was MY DECISION in that conversation? This midwife wanted to strip me of MY CHOICE because I didn’t fit her pro-choice mold of contracepting and limiting my family size to two or three children.
Had I been a weaker person – and believe me it wouldn’t have taken too much more – I would have agreed with her. I would have signed that bit of paper and been done with it.
That was not the only time I was spoken to like that in regards to having a tubal ligation, although it was the worst experience. There were many other times – approximately 15 in all. Most times my request to refuse the tubal ligation was NOT written in my notes, meaning I was asked over and over again.
I was terrified that one day someone would take matters into their own hands and sterilise me anyway. Lucky for me, tubal ligation can only be performed with a patient’s permission.
I suspect that at times I was cared for by doctors, midwives and others who were involved in abortion and sterilisation. It goes without saying that all of them prescribed birth control. How I wish I could have made the CHOICE not to be treated by those who disregard human life on one hand while rejoicing in it on the other.
It’s a great thing that health professionals that promote and protect life in all it’s stages can stay true to their convictions, and do so with the protection of the law. They should be able to do it without being bullied by those who want to change the rules to suit themselves.
So as ALRANZ harp on about a woman’s right to make her own decision, maybe they would like to consider that sometimes that decision will be for LIFE. And that is not a bad thing.
Yes, there are women out there that don’t buy the pro-choice rhetoric and will stand up to the intimidation and bullying tactics. I am proudly one of them.