‘Every Woman Deserves That Right’: Clergy Woman Defends Her ‘Choice’ to Obtain Late-Term Abortion

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NEW YORK — In an article published this week by Religion News Service, a clergy woman from New York City defended her choice to obtain a late-term abortion, and asserted that every woman ought to have the “right” to make the decision.

“I wish I never had to live through the loss of my child, but I am forever grateful for my personal decision being just that: mine. I had a choice, and I chose to make the hardest decision and carry the pain of that decision with me for my whole life to ensure that my child didn’t suffer,” wrote Amy Butler of Riverside Church.

Butler shared that when pregnant with her second child, she was informed that her unborn daughter had serious developmental issues.

“[A]ll the doctors came in the room together, stood around the bed, and told me that my baby was severely developmentally compromised; that she would die at birth, if not before, after a very short, excruciatingly painful few minutes of life; and that continuing the pregnancy to full term would be very dangerous for me,” she recalled.

She was advised that she could either abort the child or wait the matter out. Butler opted for the abortion as she didn’t want her daughter to be in pain.

“I never had a second thought about the right thing to do,” she wrote. “I didn’t know how we’d survive the loss, but I did know the right course of action for me, my baby and my family. And the ability to move through that goodbye as a full participant was an important part of just surviving during an inconsolable time.”

Butler said that she decided to share about her abortion following the last presidential debate, during which late-term abortion was discussed.

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“Others may characterize that choice as they wish—even presidential candidates seem to be doing that. But it’s my conviction that every woman deserves that right in a situation where there are no easy answers, no pious pronouncements, no political solutions that could ever, ever fix the gaping, aching emptiness in her arms,” she contended.

However, a number of parents have also shared their story of refusing abortion even when their child was not expected to survive birth. Brandon and Brittany Buell recently celebrated their son’s first birthday after he was born without a skull. Critics have scolded the couple for not obtaining an abortion.

“Jaxon was our baby, and we only had one shot to do everything we could for him. We would never choose to play God in that situation, when we had been given a child, and it was our job to give him a chance to live,” Buell continued.

And a boy who was born with only two percent of a brain was recently featured in a U.K. documentary about his amazing progress as his brain is now nearly fully functional.

“We were offered termination five times,” father Rob Wall recalled in the new documentary “The Boy Without a Brain.” “It was never an option for us. To me, we wanted to give Noah that chance of life.”


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  • Ken Faivor

    So the 10 spies surrounded her bed and gave her the bad report and she swallowed it, disregarding the promises of God……..very bad.

    Now she openly advocates others to do the same………..very very bad.

    • CPL71

      very good anaylogy

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Sad and very heart breaking.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Female ordination is such a sin. It destroys the churches and nations at the end.

    • uninvitedguest

      How utterly ridiculous! Female pastors are just as competent and effective as their male counterparts.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Female “pastors” are a disobedience to God and brought New Age philosophy and sexual confusion/immorality into the Church. Read Revelation ch.2-3.

        • uninvitedguest

          Im not much on fairy tales

      • Boo-hooray

        Sure they are, that’s why the denominations with the highest percentage of female clergy just happen to be the ones losing the most members.

        Embracing feminism and homosexuality are highly effective ways to empty out the pews. The Lutherans lost a half-million members in the year after they started ordaining gays. The Christians are leaving these churches in droves.

        • Amos Moses

          To be fair ….. it was the ELCA …. not other Lutheran churches ….. and most of them probably went to more conservative Lutheran churches like the Missouri or Wisconsin Synod churches ………

          • Boo-hooray

            Yes, I’m aware of that. We got some of their “faith exiles” in my own church. My point still stands, though – there is no precedent for a denomination seeing a half-million members walk out in a twelve-month period. It’s the most glaring refutation of the familiar left-wing narrative: “Conservative churches are driving the people away with their beliefs.” So far, no conservative denomination has beat the ELCA, although the Episcopagans and PCUSA are taking a crack at it.

  • sammy13

    And so at the end of the video, the doctor says he has performed over 1200 abortions and it is wrong. WRONG!

    The woman, Butler did what she said was best to avoid her child having to feel pain and suffer. The doctor clearly states that the baby can and does feel pain from the injection. Butler said the baby would have died anyway. Well, let God take the child in HIS time and manner. To do otherwise is murder.

  • Sister Boogie

    What a vile human being. I understand that clergy are human and that we should overlook their failings if they show some contrition, but she’s actually proud of what she did. Who would want her in their church?

    • Amos Moses

      Abortion is a forgivable sin ….. but not with the sin of pride in the sin …. and not without remorse and conviction that what was done is in fact a sin …………..

  • bowie1

    My parents also lost their second child about 10 hours after birth due to a defective heart. He cried all night I was told until he could cry no more. That was in 1953 and I believe abortion had already been “invented” but probably was not legal then in the Netherlands and my parents would not have chosen that if it had.

  • jael2

    Just think, this little boy or girl overheard the whole conversation between the mother and “doctors” on the best method of execution. The deceived mother doesn’t want her child to “suffer” by allowing them to die a natural death, but gives the ok for an abortionist to plunge a needle through her/ his heart. After the execution had transpired, the mother then proceeds to promote baby murder to other women; perhaps to soothe her own conscience? The cycle of baby murder and mayhem continues, and the promoters of these gruesome deaths, wear it as a badge of honor.
    The irony with all of this diabolical thinking, one day these promoters of death and destruction, may find themselves in a very vulnerable position. Perhaps they will become severely disabled, and also become expendable? Perhaps any children they did allow to escape a butcher’s knife, will be the one (s) who decides to pull the plug on them?
    The principal of “sowing and reaping” is alive and well on planet earth.

  • Sharon Jackson

    She didn’t want to give that baby a chance at life. Only God knows when the appointed time to die is and only Him. Doctors do not know everything. This woman may think she knows more than God, but she will face the shame of explaining this to God face to face. People call themselves Christians if they attend church every Sunday. But the only true Christians are those who have reached out to the Lord ask forgiveness for their sins (which we all have) and ask him to come into their heart as Lord and Saviour. At least her poor murdered baby is safely with the Lord, but she has many questions to go over for the rest of her life. She did not have an abortion, she had a dead baby by her own choosing. “God said he knew you while you were forming in your mother’s womb”.

    • sim76

      Well then I guess we should just quit with all the medical research. If you’ve got cancer, or any other serious illness, don’t bother going for treatment, since “Only God knows when the appointed time to die is and only Him.”

      • Chet

        How foolish an assumption you make in comparing the right for an unwanted unloved little one to be born as opposed to one in failing health via cancer seeking medical attention…. Perhaps a drowning man ought not be thrown a life preserver… One cannot justify taking the life of another willfully and one day, God Almighty will have the last say, period…

  • luvmylord

    not of God, and neither is she of God. Her master is Satan!

  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    How sad 🙁

  • cadcoke5

    I heard an interview with a doctor at a pregnancy center that specializes in difficult pregnancies. He s aid that many of his patients come there with recommendations from their prior doctors that they should abort. But,the overwhelming majority of them end up doing just fine. So, those who are recommending abortion aren’t even recommending the murder of someone who is likely to die anyway.

  • Denise Perez

    Clearly not sure woman of faith but of “reason”….

  • the greedy boat

    mrs. butler is correct that this decision is best left to the pregnant woman, her family, and her doctors, not the state.

    • StanW

      How convenient of you to make that claim, AFTER you and your ilk demanded that the STATE authorize the killing of innocent children for you.

      • the greedy boat

        it is against the law to kill children.

        • StanW

          It is legal to kill unborn children. At least right now it is.

          • the greedy boat

            you are correct, women are not obligated to carry their pregnancies to term. what of it?

          • StanW

            Abortion kills a living human child. You and your ilk wanted the state involved in the procedure, right up until they declared abortion legal. Then AND ONLY THEN did you suddenly screech “The state needs to STAY OUT OF ABORTION.”
            You are hypocrisy on steroids!

          • the greedy boat

            abortions halts gestation. when i was born abortion was legal, the goal of my ilk is to protect said right. it is best you not worry about the reproductive decisions of others.

          • StanW

            Abortion kills a living child. That is a medical fact!

          • the greedy boat

            again, children have been born.

          • StanW

            Again, you are a scientific ignoramus.
            Learn to use a dictionary.

          • the greedy boat

            your anger changes nothing. you will not force women to carry their pregnancies to term.

          • StanW

            I have no anger, just a low tolerance for scientific illiterates like you.
            Have you learned to use a dictionary yet?

          • the greedy boat

            you are a very angry person. it comes through in the tone pf your post. i cannot give you the help you need, but i hope you get some help.

          • StanW

            Live well in your ignorance.

          • the greedy boat

            please get help.

          • StanW

            Please, finish middle school!

          • the greedy boat

            you need to find a outlet for your hostility.

          • StanW

            Again, there is no hostility except in your own tiny little mind.
            You seem very comfortable with being so stupid. Take care of that first!

          • the greedy boat

            sure, friend. you may fail to recognise the hostility in your post, but it is there nonetheless, there are people that can help you. do you want to get better?

          • StanW

            Stop trying to divert away from your stupidity.
            A child is killed in an abortion. That is a medical fact. Stick to that and stop with your idiotic psychoanalysis.

          • the greedy boat

            my word, you still do not understand that children have been born. you are incorrigible.

          • StanW

            And you still do not understand that you are wrong.
            Do you need me to look up the definition of ‘child’ for you?

          • the greedy boat

            you poor, angry man. i do feel sorry for you.

          • StanW

            child (child) n.
            A person between birth and puberty.
            An unborn infant; a fetus.
            An infant; a baby.
            One who is childish or immature.
            A son or daughter; an offspring.

            There is the definition for you. I’ll wait for your apology.

          • the greedy boat

            child |CHīld|

            noun (plural children |ˈCHildrən| )

            a young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority.

            • a son or daughter of any age.

            • an immature or irresponsible person: she’s such a child!

            • a person who has little or no experience in a particular area: he’s a child in financial matters.

            • (children) the descendants of a family or people: the children of Abraham.

            • (child of) a person or thing influenced by a specified environment: a child of the sixties | OPEC was in a sense a child of the Cold War.

          • StanW

            And which dictionary is that from?

          • the greedy boat

            new oxford american dictionary.

          • StanW

            Well, mine is MEDICAL Dictionary.

            The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

          • the greedy boat

            well, bully for you.

          • StanW

            It’s ok that you were wrong. And that apology won’t hurt you!

          • the greedy boat

            two different dictionaries, two different definitions. no need for me to apologise.

          • StanW

            Ooo, look.. ANOTHER
            child [chahyld] noun, plural chil·dren.
            1. a person between birth and full growth; a boy or girl: books for children.
            2. a son or daughter: All my children are married.
            3. a baby or infant.
            4. a human fetus.
            5. a childish person: He’s such a child about money.
            Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.
            …AND ANOTHER
            child n. pl. chil·dren
            1. a. A person between birth and puberty.
            1. b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
            2. a. An unborn infant; a fetus.
            2. b. An infant; a baby.
            3. One who is childish or immature.
            4. A son or daughter; an offspring.
            5. A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
            6. a. An individual regarded as strongly affected by another or by a specified time, place, or circumstance: a child of nature; a child of the Sixties.
            6 b. A product or result of something specified: “Times Square is a child of the 20th century” (Richard F. Shepard).
            The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

            Let me know when you would like to STOP looking so stupid!

          • the greedy boat

            you can post whatever you like for however long you wish. it does not change the fact that not every definition of child includes the unborn. the most important thing is that all your post change nothing, women are not obligated to carry their pregnancies to term, and there is nothing you can do about it.

          • StanW

            Are you incapable of admitting when you are wrong?
            Clearly, you are not a person that is capable of being honest and telling the truth.

            And there is something I can do about women that want to kill their own child. And I have!

          • the greedy boat

            sure buddy. how many abortions happened while you were busy posting definitions on a comment board. manage your time better.

          • StanW

            3,000, every day. And I can’t stop them all. But I can make a difference in one or two.
            Learn how to tell the truth and admit you were wrong.

          • the greedy boat

            good luck(not really). it has been a great year for my faction, trap laws struck down etc. how are things progressing for your faction, legally speaking?

          • StanW

            Getting better all the time.
            Science favors the Pro-life side and puts your side to the lie that it is!

          • the greedy boat

            how are things going in court?

          • StanW

            I’m not in court.

          • the greedy boat

            but our factions are always battling it out in a court of law. how are things going for your faction in court?

          • StanW

            We win and we lose. What we don’t do is give up!

          • the greedy boat

            many wins recently?

          • StanW

            Are you gloating? That is very juvenile.

          • the greedy boat

            there is nothing to gloat about. your faction will not rest until women are subservient to fetuses. eternal vigilance is necessary to prevent you and yours from taking rights away. no gloating here.

          • StanW

            There is no right to abortion. And people like you just want to kill more children. e will not rest until women and children are safe!

          • the greedy boat

            women should not be forced by the state to gestate. women who request and doctors who perform abortions should not go to jail for doing so. me and mine know that you and yours wish to control the decisions made by pregnant women. we will not stand idly by while you attempt to turn women into broodmares.

          • StanW

            Women gestate by choice, but the time for that choice is BEFORE they are pregnant. You don’t want the state involved, ONLY now that the state has been involved and you got abortion legal.
            You and Yours wanted slavery to stay legal. And history will judge you the same way.

          • the greedy boat

            yes, women gestate by choice. that is the way it should be.

          • StanW

            It’s the way it always has been. But until recently, women accepted their pregnancy, or they did things NOT to get pregnant.
            You are the one making women broodmares. They are getting pregnant and making abortion clinics rich.

          • the greedy boat

            abortion has been with us since recorded history, it is not a recent phenomenon. abortion clinics are providing a wanted service, do you expect them to work for free?

          • StanW

            3,000 abortion a day has NOT been with us for all history. And even if it has been, that does not make it right.
            Enjoy being a slaver!

          • the greedy boat

            if 3,000 women a day decide that they do not wish to carry their pregnancies to term, so what? in 2014 there were 10,773 live births per day. women are still carrying their pregnancies to term. this is much ado about nothing.

          • StanW

            Not to the 3,000 children that are killed every day because their mother’s were too irresponsible to avoid getting pregnant.

          • the greedy boat

            meh, life (literally) goes on.

          • StanW

            No, it doesn’t when you kill children.

          • the greedy boat

            you should notify the authorities about this child killing.

          • StanW

            I have already proven you lied, do you really want that humiliation again?

          • the greedy boat

            you told them and they laughed at you?

          • StanW

            No, I told you and laughed at you!

          • the greedy boat

            so what did they do with the child killers?

          • StanW

            You make heroes out of them and pay them large amounts of money.

          • the greedy boat

            nothing? johnny law did nothing. 3,000 murders a day and no arrest? no trials? no incarceration? nothing? what is wrong with people? what is wrong? 3,000 children killed every day and no one does any thing about it? the horror. the horror. won’t somebody think of the children??!?!?!? what about the children?!?!?!?!

          • StanW

            I did not say murders, you have a REAL problem telling the truth.
            Come back when you have learned how to stop lying!

          • the greedy boat

            i bet stanw will save them all!!! get to work stan. only you can save the children.

          • StanW

            Piss off, Liar!

          • the greedy boat

            aww stan, you okay guy? get off of the computer and get to work. stop wasting time and be a true warrior for the babies like robert dear.

          • StanW

            That’s more your speed, LIAR!

          • the greedy boat

            are you more the scott roeder type?

          • StanW

            You are the Kermit Gosnell type!

          • the greedy boat

            zing. heh. heh.

          • StanW

            I just said we will not give up. Do you have a problem with that?

          • the greedy boat

            not at all. lawyer up.

    • calduncan

      So your opinion is not needed.

      • the greedy boat

        no, it is not. if a woman wants to get an abortion or carry her pregnancy to term, that is her decision to make. my opinion is not needed, neither is yours.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “I wish I never had to live through the loss of my child”

    Ma’am, you did not “lose” your child: you paid someone to murder him or her, and you signed the hit contract with your very own hand.

    May you repent and come to know the Lord of Life, Christ Jesus.

    • Chet

      And may your influence over the minds of impressionable others be diminished very soon as one who supports the right for an unwanted, unloved little one to be born is heralded above you and yours… And God Almighty has the ultimate say so, lady, not you…

  • marg

    How sacrificial of her. I bet the truth is she did not want to go through the discomfort or giving birth to a child that would not live. How kind….

  • Miracle Onyeoziri

    The problem is that she isn’t a Christian. As a Christian, the way you dress, behave and speak are evidence of your salvation and your personal relationship with God. Otherwise people will not believe your a Christian and it will be hard to preach to someone to repent.

    Based on her decision alone you can already tell she is not a Christian. How can you abort your child when you know that God tells us not to kill. Even if your child will have mental disabilities don’t you know that the God you serve formed that child in your womb? Don’t you know that God is not deaf; if you pray he will hear you and heal the child? How can you be called a Christian (a little Christ) if you can’t believe that God will help you deliver your baby without any problems? Why are you a Christian? Christians do not serve a dead God.

    And everyone is given a choice, it is your choice to obey the word of God or to make decisions regardless of God’s will. Our purpose on this earth is to make it to Heaven by all means. If it means giving up our freedom of choice then so be it, so long as we make it to Heaven.