Abortion from a warrior's perspective

During a recent pro-abortion rally, actress Busy Philipps boasted about the abortion she had undergone at age 15. She screamed out to the crowd that abortion immensely helped her further her career. Her message was most disturbing in that the reason for her abortion was all about one person – her.

Philipps proudly proclaimed, “There I was sitting in Los Angeles in my beautiful office of my own late-night show. Soon I would be driving my hybrid to my beautiful f***king home to kiss my beautiful and healthy children and my husband, who had taken the year off to parent so I could focus on my career, and I have all of this! All of it because, because, because I was allowed bodily autonomy at 15.”

Lost in Philipp’s self-righteous rant was any thought about the death of or suffering by her unborn child while undergoing the abortion.

Her comment that her husband had taken a year off to care for their children probably gave listeners some comfort in knowing her “beautiful and healthy children” were in no danger of being similarly sacrificed should they somehow endanger her future career opportunities. At least they are safe for another year!

But Philipps’ tirade caused me to reflect upon my career in the U.S. Marine Corps and my participation in three conflicts – the Vietnam War, the 1989 incursion into Panama and the 1990 Persian Gulf War. Undoubtedly, my participation in those conflicts, either directly or indirectly, contributed to enemy soldiers losing their lives. My participation also probably enhanced my career as a Marine leader. However, I never felt compelled to boast that I furthered my military career by causing the deaths of those fighting on the opposite side of the battlefield.

The sight of an enemy soldier’s body – torn apart by various weapons of war and lying strewn about the ground like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on a table – never gave me any sense of satisfaction. Nor was I ever prompted to declare “this will help my career!” – which was the underlying theme of Philipps’ message.

For a warrior, the tragedy of having been responsible for the deaths of enemy soldiers is rationalized to some degree by the knowledge it is either them or us. Causing the death of an enemy combatant is basically one of fairness in knowing one side has just as much motivation and opportunity to inflict death upon the other, feeding an “it is either you or me” mentality.

But this sense of fairness is sadly ignored by women who boast about their abortions after having taken the life of an unborn child. Where is the fairness in weighing the totally irresponsible action of Philipps in getting pregnant in the first place, creating an unwanted human life, with then opting for the abortion of a child whose only “crime” was seeking to experience life outside the womb to suckle at the breast of a loving mother?

While Philipps appears to give her aborted child the status of an inhuman clump of cells to wash her hands of responsibility for taking the life of another human being, prosecutors in a 2018 murder case saw things much differently. When 30-year-old Ricky Anderson shot his pregnant girlfriend, Karmeshi Pipes, 26, a total of 17 times, they charged him with two counts of first-degree murder – one charge for the murder of the mother and one for the murder of her unborn child.

For the warrior, a sense of closure is sometimes needed after an enemy life has been taken on a battlefield, even if it is decades later in coming.

For example, during the Vietnam War, a U.S. soldier’s unit engaged an enemy force, killing several. When the battle ended, the bodies of enemy soldiers were stripped of possessions, mostly for intelligence purposes but also as souvenirs. One U.S. soldier removed photographs from a body that appeared to be of the dead soldier’s young family. Decades later, perhaps troubled by his actions in removing the photographs, the soldier took action. He told his story to the Vietnamese media, which published it along with the photographs, explaining he sought to get them back into the rightful hands of the enemy soldier’s family. He was successful in doing so.

No such sense of guilt was at all apparent in Philipp’s chest-thumping support for her abortion, one serving no purpose other than promoting her career. Interestingly, had the soldier above committed the crime Philipps did – killing an unarmed, innocent child – he would have been guilty of a war crime.

Philipps also dismisses another consideration. Just like a soldier felled on a battlefield but still struggling to survive can feel the pain of his wound, so too can a fetus that is being aborted. As a noted expert explains:

“From the 16th week of gestation onward, abortions are commonly performed … by ‘dilatation and evacuation,’ or D&E. The fetus is now too big to be merely scraped and sucked out. Planned Parenthood describes a D&E as the ‘use [of] a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.’ As above, ‘pregnancy tissue’ is a euphemism for the fetus and placenta. And ‘gently’ may apply to the experience of the mother, who is typically sedated or anesthetized during the procedure, but it certainly does not describe what is happening to the fetus.”

Despite this, some Democrats not only support abortion up until birth but even after birth.

One wishes Philipps was shown a photo of the dismembered body of her unborn child – one barbarically ripped apart. Regardless of whether body parts are those of an aborted child or of an enemy soldier on the battlefield, any boastful sense of satisfaction is callous. Phillips’ pro-abortion boasting desecrated the sanctity of a life taken.

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