Pro-life movement gaining ground around nation
In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the partial-birth abortion bill is constitutional. It outlaws the heinous act of partially taking live babies out of their mothers’ wombs and crushing in their skulls to kill them. It was passed by Congress and signed by Pres. George W. Bush. Similar laws passed by Congress in the past were vetoed by Pres. Bill Clinton.
And on Saturday, this writer went to LaPlace to hear Dr. Beverly McMillan of Jackson, Mississippi, talk about her transformation from an abortionist to a pro-life activist. McMillan, who is an OB-GYN specialist, opened the first abortion clinic in Mississippi in 1975, after the Roe vs. Wade decision made it legal. “I had never heard the word abortion when I went to school in the fifties,” she said.
Then she served her residency in Chicago in 1969, four years before the Roe vs. Wade decision allowed unrestricted abortion. Fifteen to 20 women would be admitted to her hospital nightly for patch work to correct what abortionists did in the back alleys.
After moving to Jackson where she practiced medicine, a group of people approached her and asked that she work at the first abortion clinic in the state, Family Health Services, which they were starting in 1975. The sexual revolution, which began after the birth control pill became available to the public, promoted the opening of six more abortion clinics in Mississippi.
Then the pro-life movement began and groups began visiting outside abortion clinics and talking to prospective customers about saving their unborn children and raising or putting them out for adoption. It worked apparently because six of the clinics went out of business. A similar reduction has taken place in Louisiana.
Dr. McMillan changed her views on abortion after reading a book by Dr. Norman Vincent Peele. She became depressed, realizing what she had done. and even contemplated suicide.
One of her jobs at the abortion clinic was to check the parts of the aborted fetuses after they were out of the wombs to be sure their mothers’ bodies were clear of them. One day she saw a little arm and its biceps which reminded her of her son.
She resigned her position with the clinic in 1978 and has been pro-life ever since. She joined Doctors for Life in 1980.
Dr. McMillan says you have to be pro-life all the way. A child that results from rape is no different than one conceived otherwise. And if a woman has a problem with a pregnancy, she should consider an early delivery. As a result of the pro-life movement, abortions have decreased and the number of abortion clinics which make them convenient to obtain have declined. Respect for life has increased which should make this world a better place in which to live.
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