Despite ‘Legal’ Abortions, Woman Charged With Attempted Murder for Using Coat Hanger to Kill Baby

Yocca-compressedMURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman is facing an attempted murder charge for using a coat hanger in an attempt to perform a self-abortion.

Anna Yocca, 31, an unmarried mother, reportedly filled her bathtub with water this past September and then “took a coat hanger and attempted to self-abort her pregnancy.” When she began bleeding, Yocca became concerned for her safety, and her boyfriend drove her to the hospital.

“The whole time she was concerned for her health, her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety to the unborn child,” Sergeant Kyle Evans told local television station WTVF.

Doctors were able to save her baby, who was 24 weeks gestation or six months. However, the child suffered injuries to his lungs, eyes and heart during the attempted murder that will likely require medical attention for the rest of his life.

“Although Saint Thomas Midtown [Hospital] was able to save ‘Baby Yocca,’ they indicated to me that his quality of life will be forever harmed,” Detective Tommy Roberts told reporters.

He began investigating the situation while Yocca was hospitalized, and discovered that the woman had made “disturbing statements” to nurses in explaining that she had attempted to perform a self-abortion.

Yocca was indicted earlier this month by a grand jury for first degree attempted murder and is being held on $200,000 bond. She is set to appear in court on Dec. 21.

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“It’s hard to imagine the mental state of a woman who would so viciously harm both herself and her child, whether it be at her own hands or at a government-funded facility like Planned Parenthood,” said Personhood USA spokesperson Jennifer Mason in a statement. “Laws must be changed to reflect the value and personhood rights of every child, at every age.”

Some have stated that women will go back to ending their child’s lives with coat hangers if abortion was made illegal. “Legal” abortions decriminalize the mother because her son or daughter was murdered by a professional and not by her own hands.

In an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia Dr. Hugh Lennox Hodge explained that if a woman were to come to a medical doctor in pursuit of an abortion, “he must, as it were, grasp the conscience of his weak and erring patient and let her know in language not to be misunderstood that she is responsible to her Creator for the life of the being within her.”

“So low, gentleman, is the moral sense of community on this subject. So ignorant are even the greater number of individuals, that even mothers in many instances shrink not at the commission of this crime, but will voluntarily destroy their own progeny, in violation of every natural sentiment, and in opposition to the laws of God and man,” he said.

“Perhaps there are few individuals in extensive practice as obstetricians who have not had frequent applications made to them by the fathers or mothers of unborn children (respectable and polite in their general appearance and manners), to destroy the fruit of illicit pleasure under the vain hope of preserving their reputation by this unnatural and guilty sacrifice.”


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  • Nidalap

    Good thing we’re working to reduce the number of abortions by making them legal and more easily accessible, I guess…

    • gizmo23

      This will happen more if it is made illegal.

      • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

        I’m not so sure of that. Wire coat hangers are getting harder to find.

      • Josey

        She had plenty of abortion clinics to go to and yet she takes a wire hanger to kill her baby. If a person is intent on murder they always find a way regardless if all abortion clinics are closed, regardless if there are no guns, etc…. It goes against a God given mother’s instinct to kill their unborn unless they do it out of convenience or are psychopaths w/out a conscience to begin with or demonically possessed. There is no excuse for murdering babies, there are so many women who would love to adopt these unwanted babies, NO excuse whatsoever which they will find out when they stand before a Holy and Righteous God on judgement day unless they repent and accept the forgiveness that comes from Almighty God through Jesus Christ only, fortunately for these murdered innocents, these mothers who abort that do not repent will see their babies that they threw away in Heaven with Christ whereas they will themselves be cast out into the lake of fire and separated from God for all eternity.
        Abortion has hardened the hearts of so many women who have aborted their offspring and hardened our Nation, so much for protecting women in this Nation, Feminism is a crock from the pit of hell! We as a Nation need to repent and turn back to God while His grace is still extended, we have been given today for tomorrow isn’t promised and I believe the days of grace are coming to an end and God our Creator will judge this Nation soon for the innocent blood cries out to Him.

        • gizmo23

          You sound so concerned and loving to a woman in crisis

          • The Last Trump

            Tsk, tsk.
            Attacking other posters again Gizmo?
            Seriously? Is this really all you’re here for?
            And btw, any concern from you about the unborn child in crisis? No?
            Oh.

          • JGC

            Can you explain what you’re referring to as ‘the unborn child”? I have to assume it’s something other than a human zygote, embryo, or fetus or you’d have used those terms.

          • The Last Trump

            Oh, you should never assume! You know what that makes you!
            And I don’t play silly word games.
            Particularly when innocent lives are at stake.
            At ALL stages of development.
            All the grown ups here know exactly what I was referring to.
            Ask around if still confused.

          • JGC

            I’ve been asking around, but no one here has been able to answer a simple and fundamental question:

            What evidence demonstrates at all stages of development following fertilization a human zygote, embryo or fetus is also a human being, such that innocent lives actually are at stake?

          • MamaBear

            Human life begins at conception. Some say fertilization instead, but even that puts it earlier than abortion is done, earlier than a woman knows she is pregnant. Check any embryology text.

          • JGC

            Mamabear, could you define what you mean by ‘human life’ a bit more precisely? If you’re using it as a synonym for ‘a human being’, what evidence demonstrates that immediately following conception a zygote is also a human being?

          • MamaBear

            A human zygote has the exact same chromosomes he or she (yes – sex is already genetically determined) will have at birth or even at adulthood. A zygote, embryo, or fetus is simply a human being at an early stage of development.

          • JGC

            Can you clarify that you’re now arguing that possessing human DNA is of itself sufficient to establish a single human cell represents a human being?
            Because if that’s the case, chemotherapy is murder on a scale Pol Pot never imagined.

            I’m also curious about how this argument informs our understanding of monozygotic twins, triplets, etc., who will all possess the exact same genetic makeup. Are we talking about a single human being with multiple bodies, or Is only one copy an actual human being and the other’s something else? If I kill only one of a pair of twins am I guilty of some crime other than murder?

          • StanW

            You are comparing abortion to chemotherapy?

            If you are not that stupid!

          • JGC

            No, it’s mamabear who’s making that comparison.

            I’m rejecting it, because I don’t accept that simply possessing human DNA is sufficient in and of itself to establish a human cell to also represent a human person.

          • StanW

            No, she did not make the comparison, you did.

          • MamaBear

            Twins, triplets, etc are individuals as you well know.
            Chemo kills cells that are part of a body, both mutated and unfortunately normal. But, chemo does not kill a human individual. The cells chemo kills are not going to develop and grow into a mature individual if left alone.

          • JGC

            Thank you, mamabear, for agreeing that simply possessing a full set of human chromosomes while necessary is insufficient to demonstrate a zygote, embryo or fetus is also a human being.

            The cells chemo kills are not going to develop and grow into a mature individual if left alone”

            This is simply the tired old argument from potential–‘if left alone the Zygote etc. will develop into mature human being”. The problem is that this is actually a rigorous logical proof that whatever stage of development you’re applying the argument too is NOT yet a human being.

            After all, at any time the statement “This has the potential to become a human being if left alone” may be found true the statement “This already is a human being” must be found false.

          • MamaBear

            This story was about a woman inflicting injury on a viable fetus, an unborn baby capable of surviving outside the womb. Tennessee does not have late term abortions, which this would have been, but she had 5 months before that cut-off to get a legal abortion in a nearby city.

          • JGC

            And I agree her attempt was both criminal and heinous. I’m not defending her, merely addressing the argument that that there are/were plenty of clinics providing abortion services in her state.

          • afchief

            Is this all you do is spread you godless liberal garbage on Christian sites?

            Two wrongs do not make a right!!!

          • gizmo23

            So don’t replyto me

          • The Last Trump

            Doesn’t work that way.
            Take Christian website stalking trolls.
            Never shut up. Have to respond to EVERY post!? Go figure.
            Ahh well. Whadda ya gonna do! Right?

          • afchief

            I will to your lies!

          • JGC

            What two wrongs, afchief?

          • Josey

            A woman? What about the baby, where is your concern and love for this innocent baby who if hadn’t had a hanger jammed into it could have survived outside of utero? you are such a hypocrite! It’s my understanding from the article that she was six months along, my grandson was born 3 mos early and is a great nine yr old today and doing wonderful things in his life. This woman made her choice, the baby didn’t have one and according to you I am to feel sorry for her “crisis” of getting pregnant and then deciding six months later when she decides to murder it, you need to get your head checked out. BTW, I don’t see being pregnant as a crisis.

          • gizmo23

            So should she be given the seath penalty?

        • JGC

          Plenty of abortion clinics to go to? There are a total of 5 abortion providers in Tennessee: one in Knoxville, one in Nashville, and three in Memphis (none in Murfreesboro).

          • Tux

            So a one hour 30 minute bus ride (or 45 mins by car) to Nashville is too far to travel? Please…

          • JGC

            The bus ride s hardly the only obstacle–you are aware that Tennessee enforces a 48 hour waiting period? That this would require at least two trips to Nashville and back, two days out from work, etc.

            But none of this speaks to that the point raised in my post: by what rational argument does five centers to serve the needs of an entire state ‘plenty of clinics’?

          • MamaBear

            Get real. People in smaller communities travel to all kinds of medical specialists. When my dad needed a neurologist, I had to take him 50 miles away, when one of my kids needed an allergist, he was 60 miles away, the cancer center I have regular ongoing appointments at is 58 miles away (116 mile round trip – I have to add up the miles for income tax deduction). A 45 minute bus ride a couple of times is not a big deal.
            Planned Parenthood put in a clinic in my town. After a couple of years they left, not because of protests, but because they weren’t making a big enough profit. That is the real reason you don’t find abortion clinics in smaller communities – PROFIT!

          • JGC

            I’m glad you have the resources to manage all of your dad’s appointments, in terms of time, money, and job security if you took time to do so. Not everyone has. I’ll not also that there are likely more than 5 clinics offering the services of a neurologist in your state, and that you were likely not required to see the neurologist, then wait 48 hours before your dad began treatment.
            And I don’t know that this woman could not also have managed to visit one of the few clinics in her state, handle the multiple visits required by the imposition of the 48 hour waiting period, and retain her job if she took the time off.. My point is that only 5 clinics providing services for an entire state the size of Tennessee can’t reasonably be characterized as ‘plenty’.

          • MamaBear

            If someone thought there would be enough abortion customers to make a profit, there would be more clinics. Planned Parenthood only has abortion clinics in two metropolitan areas of my state and non-abortion clinics in two other cities for a reason. They go where the profit is.
            After what I went through to find a neurologist for my father, I would be very surprised to find out my state has more than 5 neurology clinics. My GP gave me a choice of only two cancer centers, both over an hour away in opposite directions, and I only know of two other cancer centers, plus a few oncologists scattered about with private practices. I’m located between two major cities. I’ve run into people from other parts of the state in specialists’ waiting rooms who drove two or three hours.
            You obviously live in a large city. Smaller communities typically have GPs, pediatricians, OB/GYNs and sometimes a few specialists who come in part time. There are many benefits to being in a rural community, but easy access to medical specialists of any kind is not one of them, and probably never will be. At least back East in places like Tennessee, the distances are shorter to see specialists, only 30 to 45 minutes, rather than an hour plus like much of the West and Midwest.
            BTW – I have held jobs that ranged from hourly minimum wage to salaried professional, and have yet to run into a job that had no sick leave of some kind, nor did any of my kids when they were in part time jobs while going to school.
            To complain Tennessee lacks abortion clinics because they are not in small towns is being ridiculous.

          • JGC

            “If someone thought there would be enough abortion customers
            to make a profit, there would be more clinics. Planned Parenthood only has abortion clinics in two metropolitan areas of my state and non-abortion clinics in two other cities for a reason. They go where the profit is.”

            You’re speaking as if PP was a for-profit corporation whose principal revenue stream was the provision of safe medical abortion services: neither is the case. It’s a non-profit organization that provides multiple health services, of which abortions represent only 3% of all services provided and generates only 13% of all revenue the organization receives.

            “To complain Tennessee lacks abortion clinics because they are not in small towns is being ridiculous.”

            I haven’t made that claim, though, have I? I’ve only stated that having only 5 clinics to serve a state the size of Tennessee cannot reasonably be characterized as Tennessee having ‘plenty of clinics’.

          • MamaBear

            When you go number of customers, not individual services, abortion jumps to over 12% of PP. Legally, PP may be non-profit, but any group that can pay their CEO a half million per year, and so generously donate to the half of Congress, is definitely making a profit. Before you start making comparisons, there are a few other “non-profits” that I don’t see as truly non-profit either.
            I will repeat, if Tennessee had enough abortions to support more clinics, someone would surely build them. Tennessee is a very conservative state. The predominant religion is Southern Baptist, which supports the “sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death” (Baptist Faith and Message section XV). Do not expect anywhere near the percent of women to seek abortions as places like New York or California.

          • JGC

            I don’t see how analyzing by number of customers provides any better understanding of PP’s role than analyzing by number of services.

            I’m not arguing that PP doesn’t generate revenues in excess of expenditures (i.e., realize a profit): I’m noting that it’s a non-profit organization that does not need to yield returns for investors such that maximizing annual profit isn’t a driving motivator. I’ll also note that the clinical health services PP operates doesn’t generate significant profit: in fiscal year 2012-2013, for example, expenses associated with providing all medical services were $770.5 million while revenues generated by providing all medical services were $845.6 million. That’s all medical services: revenues from Non-Governrment Health Services (which would include abortions) revenue was $305 million, much less than half the total health service revenue. Providing abortions is hardly the cash cow many people believe it to be.

            I will repeat, if Tennessee had enough abortions to support more clinics, someone would surely build them”
            In the current environment, in a state which you admit is highly conservative and religiously opposed to the operation of such clinics?

            “Do not expect anywhere near the percent of women to seek abortions as places like N ew York or California”
            In 2011 there were 16, 720 performed in Tennessee, or 13.1 abortions per 1000 women of childbearing age, representing 1.6% of all abortions performed in the United States, and this was at a time that there were 14 providers in that state, 9 of which were clinics. While it is true that larger numbers of abortions are performed in other states (especially in states where there exist fewer obstacles like an arbitrary 48 hour waiting period making receiving services more difficult) it’s also clear that there’s sufficient demand in Tennessee to support more than 5 providers.

          • MamaBear

            If counselling, taking vitals, ultrasound (necessary to determine development level and position), and abortion are all counted separately, you have four services, but still just one woman getting one procedure.
            I don’t know why there are now fewer abortion clinics, but abortion numbers are going down all over, even in states favorable to abortion. I suspect many went out of business from fewer customers.
            More and more women are choosing not to abort as pro-life groups are getting better at getting the word out about help available to pregnant women in difficult situations.
            Hey, I thought the motto for your side was supposed to be for abortions to be “safe, legal, and RARE.” You should be happy there are fewer abortions!

          • StanW

            While they claim to want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare”, once they got LEGAL, the other two ceased to matter.

          • MamaBear

            Indeed! Otherwise, they would support inspections, get behind laws that protect the woman, and be happy when the numbers go down.

          • StanW

            Yes, but they do not. Curious…

          • JGC

            They haven’t ceased to matter at all, it’s just that it’s the ‘legal availability’ part is under attack and requires defense.

          • StanW

            It is not about availability. When there is any attempt to regulate clinics, pro-aborts fight it. And they fight louder and more vicious when the number of abortions drop, as they screech about “availability”!

          • JGC

            It isn’t ‘screeching about availability” when that is what is being attacked: the attempted regulation that pro-choice advocates are opposing are being imposed for nor reason other than making it more difficult for women to be able to terminate an unplanned and unwanted pregnancies and not because they will result in greater safety for women undergoing the procedure (e.g., regulations requiring clinics have admitting privileges at local hospitals).

          • StanW

            Your inability to grasp simple words, and your perchance to take any argument to an illogical conclusion makes you a very poor debater. Do try to improve yourself before posting again.

          • JGC

            What simple words have I failed to grasp, Stan? I’m not aware that any pro-choice organization has opposed meaningful regulation of medical abortions.
            in every case where I’m am aware regulation has been opposed it’s precisely because they will do nothing other than make it more difficult or onerous to obtain a safe medical abortion (e.g., requiring clinics to have unnecessary admitting privileges, requiring 48 hour waiting periods, requiring women undergo vaginal ultrasounds for not medical indications whatsoever, etc.)

          • StanW

            You automatically presuppose that any regulation is for the purpose of shutting down abortion and you oppose it. You and your ilk would rather have 1,000 filthy abortion facilities like Gosnell’s than to allow any regulations or restriction on what you consider a sacred right.

          • JGC

            “You automatically presuppose that any regulation is for the
            purpose of shutting down abortion and you oppose it.”

            No, I do not. I consider proposed regulations on their own merit, and oppose only those serve no purpose other than making abortions less available.

            For example, there is no medical or safety issues that mandatory waiting periods address, there are no medical or safety issues that
            requiring clinics have hospital admitting privileges address, and there are no medical or safety issues that requiring women seeking abortions first view videotapes, undergo invasive vaginal ultrasounds, etc. address, and I oppose these regulations for that reason.

            Re: Gosnell, you’re kidding—right? He was performing illegal abortion in deliberate violation of regulations directly addressing health and safety—whatever makes you think I’d object to closing down such criminal operations?

          • StanW

            He was performing late-term abortions in filthy conditions and had been doing so for over a decade. And the people responsible for policing it deliberately ignored it because they felt ANY restriction on abortion was unacceptable. Nail salons had more oversight that Gosnells clinic was given.

          • JGC

            citations needed, stan:
            Identify the people responsible for policing it.
            Demonstrate they knew Gosnell was operating in violation of existing regulations but deliberately did nothing to address this.
            Demonstrate that the reason they allowed him to continue to operate was because they opposed any restrictions on or regulation of abortion providers were unacceptable.

          • StanW

            Are you joking? Of course you are not, you know all these things to be true. Just like all pro-abort, you refuse to acknowledge that Gosnell’s crimes had anything to do with abortion.

            How sad!

          • JGC

            No, I’m not joking: I’m serious in asking you to support the claims you’ve made.

            You’ve claimed that the people responsible for policing Gosnel were aware for a decade that he was criminally providing illegal late-term abortion, that they deliberately ignored the fact he was providing illegal late-term abortions, and that the reason WHY they deliberately ignored this fact was because they were opposed to ANY restriction on the provision of abortions. Point me to evidence that all three of these claims are true.

          • StanW

            All three of those claims are true and have been substantiated by the numerous accounts of the crimes and the trial.

            You know none of this because you feel Gosnell’s crimes had nothing to do with abortion, and you refused to even acknowledge.

          • JGC

            Where can I find this substantiation of these claims? C’mon, it should be easy for you to point me to it, since you must know where it can be found (after all, you’d have to have seen it yourself in order to claim it exists).

          • Guest

            He was tied and convicted in a court of law, what are you rambling about?

            You and your ilk create the likes of Gosnell’s.

          • StanW

            Pro-aborts created and support Gosnell, and those like him.

          • Guest

            Your policies create a demand for characters such as him.

          • StanW

            That is a lie and you know it.

          • Guest

            No, it in fact, it is truth.

          • StanW

            Not even remotely. Legal abortion with no restrictions or oversight = Gosnell!

          • Guest

            Lulz k

          • JGC

            And again, I don’t understand why analyzing in terms of clients served rather than in terms of services provided gives a better understanding of the revenues generated by the provision of medical abortions than–well, looking at the revenues of all services provided including abortions.

            As for the numbers of abortions going down, I suspect a large part is under-reporting now that non-surgical interventions such as RU-486 are available coupled with increased availability of emergency morning-after contraception.

            “You should be happy there are fewer abortions!”
            I am, but that doesn’t mean I also believe that 5 clinics serving an entire state the size of Tennessee is sufficient.

          • StanW

            Why do you still throw out the 3% lie?

          • JGC

            What 3% lie would that be? Abortions represent only 3% of all clinical services provided by Planned Parenthood and generate around 13% of PP’s clinical revenues.

          • StanW

            It is a lie because they uses services to equate thinks that cannot be compared. An abortion is ONE service. Handing a birth control pamphlet to a high schooler is ONE service. Those two things are NOT comparable.

          • JGC

            And handing someone a pamphlet is different than performing an STD screen, preforming an STD screen is different than counseling a pregnant woman regarding pre-natal nutrition, etc. Your point?
            No one is arguing that all services are identical or ‘comparable’, only that far, far more of the some services are being performed than are others.

          • StanW

            My point is that handing a pamphlet to a person is not the same as an abortion. Equating those two unequal acts and giving the the same weight is deliberately deceptive, which is the entire point with PP, to deceive people.

          • JGC

            I agree that handing a pamphlet to someone is a different service than providing them with a safe medical abortion, just as handing
            someone a pamphlet and providing them with a prescription for birth control are different services, or providing screening them for possible STD’s and providing prenatal counseling are different services. What I don’t understand is how that fact that these all represent different services could change the what percentage of all clinical services provided by PP they represent.

            “Equating those two unequal acts and giving the the same weight is deliberately deceptive, which is the entire point with PP, to deceive
            people.”

            How is it being deliberately deceptive, rather than simply accurately
            reflecting the numbers of each service provided by PP annually?

          • StanW

            It is clearly an attempt by pro-aborts to claim that abortion is an insignificant part of their existence and a justification for more and more federal funs for their organization.

          • JGC

            I haven’t been claiming that providing safe medical abortions is an insignificant service provided by PP in any sense other than numerically: it does not represent either a majority or even a large proportion of all services they offer.
            If you want to argue that the service is significant in some other sense of the word–for example, in terms of how necessary it to our society as a whole is that safe medical abortions be available so that women can exercise their right to bodily autonomy and control of their own reproductive capacity–we can swing the conversation in that direction.

          • StanW

            By saying that abortion is only 3% of the services PP provides, then you are deliberately trying to distort the impact of abortion.

          • JGC

            Impact in what sense? Certainly individuals who are seeking an abortion will be impacted, but other clients of PP seek other services with far greater frequency.
            This isn’t a lie: it’s established fact: Planned Parenthood offers necessary health care services other than simply providing abortions to many more clients with much greater frequency. Since existing laws already prohibit federal funds granted to PP from being used to underwrite the cost of abortions, all defunding PP would actually accomplish would be to make it less possible for it to provide those other services, which make up 97% of all services they dispense.

          • StanW

            Still with the 3% deception.

            Let me know when you can stop lying. Until then…

          • JGC

            What deception? Can you demonstrate that abortions represent more than 3% of all clinical services Planned parenthood dispenses annually?
            Let me know when you have something other than repetitive assertions to offer. Until then…

          • The Last Trump

            Yeah? Plenty.
            ?
            ?

          • JGC

            I’m not aware there are any centers for child slaughter in any state in the union. What centers are you speaking of, what children do you believe are being slaughtered, and what evidence demonstrates what you believe to be children being slaughtered are actually children?

          • afchief

            Jeremiah 1:5 (NASB)

            5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

            Abortion is murder!!!

          • JGC

            I’m trying to understand the relevance of this verse to your
            argument—are you now arguing in support of human BEFORE conception?

            “Abortion is murder!!!”
            By what rational argument does terminating a pregnancy at an early stage of development represent an act of murder?

          • afchief

            A Physician Tells Why Abortion Is Murder

            by Pastor E. L. Bynum

            Note by Pastor Bynum: This article is, in my opinion, one of the best on the subject of abortion. It is written by a practicing physician who daily seeks to preserve life. The forceful straightforward style of writing gets your attention and emphasizes the tragedy going on in every state in our union with the blessings of federal law and U.S. Supreme Court sanction.

            I am a physician. I have been trained to protect and preserve life. Since medical school, I have delivered many babies, though the bulk of my training and practice is in pediatrics – the care of babies and children. As one who loves children (my wife and I have six), I speak today on behalf of children – children of all ages: Toddlers, babies and especially those little pre-born humans who today reside inside their mothers or who later will be received and delivered (or murdered).

            During the months leading to the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln repeatedly discussed the matter with his cabinet. During one difficult discussion, he asked: “Gentlemen, how many legs does a sheep have?” Each man answered correctly, “Four, Mr. President.” He proceeded, “Let’s call his tail a leg. Now how many legs?” Each man replied, “Five, Mr. President.” Mr. Lincoln retorted, “Nope, still only four. Just because we call it a leg doesn’t make it one.”

            Mr. Lincoln’s wit and wisdom speak to our present day confusion about abortion. Let me explain.

            Abortion is murder. Each abortion snuffs out an innocent human life. Tragically, doctors have deceived the American public. Referring to unborn babies as “fetus,” “embryo,” or “zygote,” may be scientifically correct, but does not change the fact: These little ones are little human beings. Though called “parasite,” “blob,” or “tissue,” give each wee creature about 266 days after conception and see what emerges from his mother’s womb. It will be a human baby, not a zebra, a trout, frog or an orangutan.

            Remember Mr. Lincoln. Don’t be deceived by folks (even doctors) who call a tail a leg – or humans anything but humans. When a human egg and a human sperm unite, the resulting individual is simply human. Given time, nutrition and protection, he or she will grow to maturity. Calling abortion a “termination” or “evacuating the uterus” doesn’t change its reality as murder-slaughtering a human being with premeditated malice.

            Some Comments Comical

            Were it not tragic, some abortion comments could be comical. A previous guest writer on this page, Dr. Harrison, said the unborn baby is “a parasite without feeling, thought, or experience… the fetus simply does not have the things required to feel pain…”

            But nerves are in place by six to eight weeks after conception. The chemicals necessary to send messages over nerve pathways to the brain are present by 12 weeks. Ask yourself – if you were stuck, pinched, grabbed, cut or crushed, how would you react? You likely would squirm, thrash, try to escape or fight. Your blood pressure would go up; your pulse would speed up.

            That’s how pre-born babies respond. Before being cut to pieces, sucked apart, chemically killed, or otherwise abused (to death), these little humans struggle, seeking to escape the destruction. In my opinion, abortionists have forfeited the privilege to be called “physicians”, for they have abandoned the responsibility of acting like physicians.

            What about rape? What about incest? These horrors defy descriptive condemnation. They represent the least human and most selfish acts imaginable – along with murder – and they deserve swift and severe punishment. A woman or girl abused by rape or incest should be seen promptly, evaluated with compassion and treated appropriately to prevent conception. Should pregnancy occur, the tragedy should not be compounded by another crime: Murdering the baby.

            Rape and incest deserve one further note: They (thank God) represent a relatively uncommon cause of pregnancy – and figure in less than 2 percent of abortions. The other 98 percent are done for the sake of convenience (not that of the baby). Abortion represents the most common surgical procedure performed in America today. Enough human lives are snuffed out each day to populate Mena, De Queen, or Fordyce. Each week, abortionists slaughter a group of babies equal in number to the population of Springdale or El Dorado.

            One more tragedy – often delayed and overlooked – concerns the mother of the aborted baby. I have cared for and counseled such women – women who find it difficult to live with an awakened conscience. Though duped, squelched or ignored, a conscience awakened to reality may produce guilt, grief and pain. Even with the reality of forgiveness, the scars may produce long-standing consequences.

            One last ‘leg-tail’ deserves comment. Can you remember folks saying, “Don’t push your morality on me!” when foes of abortion challenge its practise? Most folk appreciate our society’s restrictions on rape, robbery, assault and murder – and those restrictions are based on morality, as is every aspect of our lives, whether collectively or individually.

            As a believer in Jesus Christ, I’m convinced that moral absolutes exist. My convictions as a Christian and as a physician include the sanctity of human life. If each individual human (including unborn babies) does not have worth, if we do not acknowledge our responsibility to care for the unwanted and the defenseless, we will find our collective path ending at the ovens of Auschwitz, the Gulags of Siberia, or the Abortion Chambers of America. END

            Abortion is Murder!

          • JGC

            Lincoln’s example actually speaks against your argument, afchief: calling an embryo, zygote, or fetus a human being doesn’t make it one, anymore than calling a tail a leg makes it a leg.

          • StanW

            Three in Memphis? Why so many in that one city?

          • JGC

            Perhaps because it’s the largest city in terms of population in Tennessee?

          • StanW

            Three times as large as Knoxville or Nashville?

            Nope, that’s not it. Try again.

          • JGC

            I’m sorry, but where did I say Memphis was three times as big as Knoxville or Nashville?

          • StanW

            Three clinics to one in Nashville.

            Oh, and while Memphis is the largest city in population (656,000), Nashville is second (644,000).

            So I’ll ask again, why does Memphis have three abortion clinics to Nashville’s one?

          • JGC

            Stan, I can only reply again that perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Memphis is Tennessee’s largest city. I’m not claiming to know the reason why there are three clinics in Memphis but only one in Nashville, and quite frankly I don’t see how this fact is relevant to the discussion underway.
            But as your previous post suggests you believe you do know the answer to that question (“Nope, that’s not it. Try again.”) why don’t you simply tell us what you believe that reason to be?

          • StanW

            It has to do with the demographic makeup of the towns, JGC. But then, you already know this.

          • JGC

            And the fact that there are three clinics in Memphis and only one in Nashville because the demographic make up of those towns differ would be relevant to a discussion of whether or not only 5 clinics providing services for a state the size of Tennessee could reasonably be described as being ‘plenty of clinics’ in what way?

          • StanW

            It goes directly to the workings of Planned parenthood and what they are made up of. You really need a clue!

          • JGC

            But I haven’t been addressing ‘the workings of Planned Parenthood, stan. I’ve been discussing whether only 5 clinics serving the entire state of Tennessee, regardless of who is operating them, could be reasonably described as ‘plenty of clinics’. (BTW, you are aware that only one of
            the 5 clinics providing abortions in Tennessee is managed by Planned Parenthood?)

          • StanW

            If you were truly interested in ‘serving’ the entire state, you would be concerned that there are three at one end of the state. So why don;t you care, as you claim you do?

          • JGC

            I am concerned about improving access to safe medical abortions in all states, stan. but I don’t understand why you’re obsessing on the fact that 3 of the 5 available providers are located in the same city. Surely you realize that the best solution to the problem of availability is increasing the total number of providers offering abortion services across the state rather than relocating two of the 5 centers that are currently operating so they’re not in the same city?

          • StanW

            There are over 600,000 people in both Memphis and Nashville, respectively. Why does one city need three and THE REST OF THE STATE only has two? What is it about Memphis that makes it different?

          • JGC

            I don’t know–what do you believe makes Memphis different, and why do you believe that difference explains why there are three clinics that provide abortion services located in Memphis? I’m really failing to see the point you’re trying to raise.

          • StanW

            I’ve already told you. Besides, you already know yourself.

            But keep pretending that you are ignorant. Some might actually believe it.

          • JGC

            Stan, you’ve stated there are three clinics in Memphis because of that city’s demographics, that this speaks somehow to the ‘workings of Planned Parenthood” despite the fact that only one of the three Memphis clinics is managed by PP, and now you’re suggesting that I should be concerned about the distribution of clinics in Tennessee rather than the fact that there are only 5 of them for the whole state if I were truly concerned about women in Tennessee having access to safe medial abortions.

            I’m not feigning ignorance–I’m really failing to see your point. But If I assume your point is that you believe having three of 5 clinics located in one city poses an obstacle to women in Tennessee being able to receive abortion services when desired, what steps would you recommend be taken to address that problem and improve their access?

          • MamaBear

            Perhaps it’s because Nashville is the headquarters for the US largest Protestant denomination, which also happens to be pro-life! Some people jokingly refer to Nashville as the “Baptist Vatican.”

          • StanW

            That is possible as well, but I still think it has to do with the racial demographics of the two cities.

          • MamaBear

            As in PP has a history of targeting minorities. Got it!

          • MamaBear

            Looked up Murfreesburo. It is so close to Nashville, it is considered part of the Nashville metropolitan area.

          • JGC

            I’m sorry, but you seem to believe I’m posting in support of or to excuse this woman’s attempted self abortion at a late stage of gestation: I’m not. I’m addressing the premise that only 5 clinics for all of Nashville could be considered not only sufficient for that state’s needs but accurately described as ‘plenty of clinics’.

          • MamaBear

            Look, I’m not happy that I have to drive over an hour each way every few weeks to see my oncologist or get tests he orders. But I am mature enough to realize that unlike a GP, the demand for major cancer centers is not high enough to warrant one close to me. It is inconvenient. It cost extra money in gas, eating out, and often unpaid time off from work for my husband, but that is just the way life is sometimes.
            If abortion clinics are going out of business rather than opening up new ones, the logical answer is demand is DOWN! The clinics are where the demand is the most.

          • JGC

            Given widespread and coordinated opposition to abortion. which has demonstrably resulted in the passage of legislation with no other purpose than making it difficult or impossible for clinics that offer abortions to remain sustainable (such as laws requiring such clinics have admitting privileges at local hospitals) and to erect barriers in the way of woman in need receiving abortion services (such as laws mandating 48 hour waiting periods, or requiring they undergo wholly unnecessary and invasive medical procedures such as vaginal ultrasounds) prior to receiving such services, I’d say it isn’t logical in the least to write off the decline in the number of providers as a result of nothing other than a downtick in demand.

          • Basset_Hound

            At least with crude oil at ($34.50 per barrel today) predicted to stay down for awhile, you won’t have to spend so much on gas. By the same token, it looks like my job isn’t going to come back anytime soon.

          • MamaBear

            Sorry about the job. We have the car about worn out from all the trips. But as I said, that is life. If we had a perfect world, I wouldn’t even need to make trips to the cancer center to begin with.

      • The Last Trump

        So in your mind this is reason to make sure it is legal?
        Wow. Guess that explains your position on prostitution and drug use huh?

  • 201821208 :)

    “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 & Deuteronomy 5:17
    “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment” Matthew 5:21

    • JGC

      In the next chapter of Exodus (Exodus 21;22-23) causing the loss of a fetus in a woman’s womb is identified as a crime against property, punishable by payment of a fine to the woman’s husband rather than an act of murder punishable by death.

  • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

    I think they should indict her for “practicing medicine without a license.”

  • Ken Faivor

    She should be charged, but then again so should all the doctors who perform murder…….I mean abortions “legally”

    • Ken Faivor

      A more appropriate charge may be “attempted murder without a permit”

  • Guest

    I was on the website, RH reality check yesterday and the regulars there do not want Anna to plead insanity for some strange reason.