Rebekah O'Brien


Puppies aborted, pro-choicer laments

Rebekah O'Brien

March 22, 2013 ( - Recently, I was having a conversation with a new friend of mine, Stacy, who works as a veterinarian's assistant. I love animals, especially baby ones, so I was asking her all kinds of questions about her job, and what she loves doing most. She gushed about the creatures' cuteness and how much she loves being part of life-saving procedures, but then she got serious. She knows what I do. She knows I work for a pro-life organization. So, she leaned in and whispered, "Did you know that vets perform abortions on animals?"

I didn't know that, so I'm guessing you didn't know, either. But if millions of human beings are killed every day through abortion, why is it surprising that puppies and kittens are aborted, too? 

Stacy went on to describe her part in the whole process. There was a real look of sadness on her face as she described taking their tiny, perfectly formed little bodies and placing them in a bag, then throwing them in the trash.

The saddest part though, was not her description of what a puppy abortion looks like. It was her description of the mother when it wakes up from the procedure. "Dogs aren't stupid, you know," she said. "They know that something is really, really wrong. They wake up and they whine and they look around and they sniff around the room, and they know that they're not pregnant anymore. Some of them get really frantic, and you can tell they're searching for their babies." 

So sad, right?

Here's what really gets me. A lot of people, pro-choicers included, are very emotionally attached to their pets. I understand that. My sister – who is pro-life, by the way – claims she'll need bereavement leave when her dog dies. And believe me, the thought of aborting animals does in fact bother me. But what bothers me a lot more is a pro-choicer who is really not OK with the concept of aborting puppies, but is completely OK with the concept of aborting human children.

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As it turns out, a self-proclaimed pro-choice woman recently wrote about this very subject on a pro-abortion blog:

My dog is 4 and goes in for an abortion on Friday (we think she got knocked up in the shelter we rescued her from), having a much harder time with it than I thought I would, even though I know with certainty that it's the best thing.

I always have been adamantly pro-choice and have even discussed with my husband the option if we ever had to face that decision, so why am I having such a hard time with just a dog?!?!?!?!

I can answer this question. The reason you're having such a hard time with "just a dog" is because abortion is wrong. Abortion is ugly. Abortion is unnatural.

Deep down, you know that aborting your own child would be much, much worse, infinitely more painful than sending your dog to the vet to have her puppies surgically removed. And no matter how many times you've recited your safe and reassuring "pro-choice" beliefs, at the end of the day, abortion cannot be anything other than what it is: the killing of a defenseless being.

If an unintelligent dog is violently dismayed at having lost her unborn puppies, how much more so would an intelligent, calculating human being feel about having her human child surgically removed?

Forget "choice," forget "reproductive rights," forget all the progressive political lingo you've grown accustomed to hearing, and think of basic instinct.

If an animal can become uncharacteristically frantic at having lost her offspring, how is it that a human being can willingly allow someone to destroy her children? 

I honestly don't know that I can answer that question.

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Newborn baby in this viral video refuses to let go of his mother!

Rebekah O'Brien

A video of a newborn baby refusing to let go of its mother has gone viral, and it's no wonder why.

The video captures a phenomenally powerful moment. I cannot imagine anyone not being moved by it. 

Immediately after watching this video, one of the first people that came to my mind was Wendy Davis, who filibustered for 11 hours to protect late-term abortion, to protect the act of killing a baby just like the one in this video. 

We've seen the photos of Gosnell's victims, we know the reality of the horror of late-term abortion. 

But we know that morally speaking, late-term abortion is no worse than first-trimester abortion. There is something about this clip of a newborn baby, mere minutes outside of the womb, so dependent upon its mother, so attached to its mother that it simply cannot and will not let go of her face, that we see the evidence. We see that the unmatched bond between mother and child is something that doesn't begin at the moment of birth. It begins much, much earlier, and simply continues to grow in intensity until the moment of birth. 

I am astonished, and I believe you will be too. 



How J-Lo taught us that colic isn’t a good reason to have an abortion

Rebekah O'Brien

Sometimes, buried within the mire of a romantic comedy is a beautiful truth, a nugget of pure gold.

I confess, I'm a sucker for chick-flicks like most women, even though they are, more often than not, morally questionable.

"The Backup Plan" starring Jennifer Lopez is no exception. But for all the immorality and ethical issues that appear in this particular film (i.e. premarital sex and IVF), there is some real truth to be found.

I thought of this film when I read an article LifeSiteNews just published on a Democratic rep who stated that "babies' persistent cries, habit of interrupting their parents' sleep, and learning disabilities might justify abortion." 

I was not surprised by her words, but there is something about that sort of cavalier support of "convenience abortion" that never ceases to infuriate me. 

It was just after reading this article that I was reminded of the scene from "The Backup Plan," where Lopez's love interest has just discovered that he's going to father twins (conceived through IVF, just before the couple met) if he remains in their relationship. He loves her, but he's panicking about being a father. 

He sits down on a park bench next to a stranger who is watching his own children at play. After explaining his situation and expressing his apprehension, he asks,

"What's it like, the whole kid thing?"

The stranger responds (and here's the gold):

"The best way I can describe it is, it's awful, awful, awful, awful...and then, something incredible happens. And then awful, awful, awful, awful ... awful. And then something incredible happens again. It's like this all day every day, I feel like I'm drowning, gasping to get my old life back. And then a small moment happens that's so magical, so life affirming that it makes it all worthwhile. This will be the best thing you ever do." 

That is the point. Right there. Parenthood is really, really difficult. It's not endless cooing, nestling a soft warm head, snuggling before bedtime or hearing your child laugh. It's a lot of crying too, and sleep deprivation and heartache when your child is sick or suffering. 

But from what I hear about parenthood, those tiny, magical moments make all the rest of it worth it. 

Sadly some would rather snuff out the potential for the miraculous to avoid the tiresome, the mundane, the inconvenient.

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Right after I heard Gosnell was convicted, I learned that my sister’s water had broken

Rebekah O'Brien

Moments after I found out that Kermit Gosnell was convicted on 3 of 4 counts of murdering babies, I received a phone call that my sister's water had broken, she had gone into labour.

My sister and I are very close. I was present at the birth of her first child, and now her second was on its way. So this was a very exciting time for me. 

I rushed to the hospital, then sat waiting for the moment when her little one would arrive. Would it be a baby boy? Would it be a baby girl? 

Baby boy. Baby girl. 

Suddenly I thought of Baby A. Baby C. Baby D. The babies that Gosnell was convicted of murdering.

I thought of the other victims. Baby B was stabbed in the back of the neck. 

Baby E who "uttered a noise before being killed." Gosnell was found "not guilty" of Baby E's murder because "Jurors could not determine conclusively that such a sound represented a sign of life."

Then the baby, my sister's second son, arrived and ushered my thoughts to the present moment. 

Her new baby boy was tenderly washed, wrapped in a blanket, a little knit hat was placed on his head, and then he was gently placed into his mother's arms. He was instantly given a name. He was instantly loved. 

Only later was I again struck by the realization that, as Dr. Philip G. Ney so eloquently explained, "wantedness has become the arbiter of life and death." My nephew's life is protected, his existence respected, because he is wanted.  Not so for Babies A, B, C, D, E and hundreds of others. Gosnell's victims. They were unwanted, so in a bloodstained room, they were murdered with dirty surgical instruments, or flushed down the toilet, or smothered. 

Not to mention the millions of children aborted every year all over the world.

Gosnell and his victims weigh heavy on my mind, on my heart. As do the countless other unnamed victims of abortion.

But my sister's son has brought me comfort, he's given me hope. His birth brings to mind another baby boy that was born in order that He should die for the salvation of mankind, Who was resurrected, and Who will bring life everlasting. 

 "In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:4-5 

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