WASHINGTON — A national abortion organization that is currently led by an Episcopal priest has announced that it has launched a program to work with member abortion facilities to make pre-paid gas cards available to mothers who must travel a distance to have their unborn child murdered.
“The cost of the actual abortion procedure is only one expense women must manage when they need an abortion,” the National Abortion Federation (NAF) wrote in a press release on Wednesday. “Since there are a limited number of providers and states continue to impose additional restrictions, many women have to travel long distances to reach the closest provider who can help them.”
Through its already existing Dr. Tiller Patient Assistance Fund — named after the late Kansas abortionist George Tiller, who ran a late-term abortion practice and was notoriously known as “Tiller the Killer,” the NAF will begin by providing the gas cards to a few member abortion facilities where mothers particularly are known to travel or where more than one appointment is required by law.
It will then increase its partnership following a three month pilot.
“Whether it’s having to drive longer distances or struggling just to get across town for multiple state-mandated appointments, paying for both their procedure and the gas it takes to get to their appointments can be an insurmountable barrier for too many women seeking abortion care,” Katherine Ragsdale, a lesbian Episcopal priest and former president of Episcopal Divinity School who is serving as interim president of NAF, said in a statement.
“This program will help remove the barriers too many women are facing,” she continued, adding, “Travel-related assistance is a service that shouldn’t have to be provided. People should have easy access to the health care they need — including abortion care—without the help of hotlines and donated funds.”
As previously reported, a hotel manager in Michigan has similarly offered to provide lodging and transportation to abortive mothers who travel there from states where abortion restrictions have recently been passed, including Alabama, Ohio, Georgia and Missouri.
Shelley O’Brien, who manages The Yale Motel, told the Detroit Free Press that she wanted to offer free lodging and transportation because the cost of travel, and the abortion itself, are expensive in and of themselves.
“Between gas and lodging, you’re looking at probably $300 or $400 that you’re going to put out on top of the cost of abortion,” she outlined. “And if you’re having an abortion because you have no way to provide for a baby, then how are you going to drum up $1,000 or $1,500 to do it? If I can help at all in that, it satisfies the social worker in me.”
O’Brien said that she is calling the room “Jane’s Room,” named after the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Norma McCorvey.
However, as previously reported, McCorvey later became a vocal pro-life advocate and fought to have the Supreme Court decision overturned. In her 1994 book “I Am Roe,” McCorvey admitted that she made up the rape story at the advice of her feminist attorneys to make her efforts more convincing, and said that she never attended any of the court proceedings.
“It’s not your body [and] it’s not your choice, because you got that [baby] from God. He gave that to you,” she wrote.
“My decisions were wrong and I am fighting with every breath to change what has occurred,” McCorvey also said in 2008.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 says that “there is nothing new under the sun.” As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Dr. Hugh Lennox Hodge lamented that even the mothers of his day sought out ways to kill their unborn child.
He 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.”
“The procuring abortion is ‘a base and unmanly act,’” Hodge also said, quoting in part text from a court ruling of his day. “It is a crime against the natural feelings of man, against the welfare and safety of females, against the peace and prosperity of society, against the divine command ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ It is murder.”