Devout Catholic & patient of Dr Tiller

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Devout Catholic & patient of Dr Tiller
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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 9:37am

The Andersons were devastated to learn their unborn child wouldn't live. Dr. Tiller showed them the compassion they so badly wished they had from their friends.

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Gail would be forced to deliver her child through c-section, as the stress of a traditional birth would be too much for their baby's body to handle. Their baby would need to be on life-support machines for months until able to have the surgeries required that could repair the damage of the child's suffocated heart and remove the masses from the undeveloped lung. As painful was it was for the Andersons to hear that this child they wanted so badly might not live even after the surgeries intended to repair damage, they were forced to make a decision that not only challenged their personal strength, but where they fit into their Catholic faith.

After a frank discussion with their specialist, they decided that not only did the quality of life of their unborn child need to be questioned, but the life expectancy even if surgeries were successful. There were no guarantees and one day, one month or one year could be added to the life of their child, but not much more than that. After discussing every option available to them, the decision to visit Dr. George Tiller's office in Kansas to have a late-term abortion was made. Both Andersons sunk into a depression, feeling as if they were losing both their child and their religion.
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On the wall of their living room, next to a crucifix and a painting of the Virgin Mary and St. Brigid of Ireland, is a plaque that holds on it two tiny footprints.

"They do not just look at this as being abortion mills - the staff," Robert says, looking up at the footprints of their baby Grace.

"She was real. They made her real for us. Those footprints were Dr. Tiller's idea. He wasn't a man with crazed eyes anticipating the kill like some anti-abortion activists would like you to picture. He understood the difficult position we were in. He allowed us to still have a piece of the family we wanted. He even called the baby by her name, by Grace."

http://www.alternet.org/story/144396/what_happened_when_an_anti-choice_catholic_woman_needed_an_abortion_at_dr._tiller%27s_clinic?page=1




Edited 12/7/2009 9:50 am ET by mom_carmina

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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 1:44pm
Just kicking this in light of the recent tirades concerning Dr Tiller.
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Registered: 02-19-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:14am

" Both Andersons sunk into a depression, feeling as if they were losing both their child and their religion."

They walked away from their religion when it conflicted with their particular desires at the time.

"On the wall of their living room, next to a crucifix and a painting of the Virgin Mary and St. Brigid of Ireland, is a plaque that holds on it two tiny footprints.

"They do not just look at this as being abortion mills - the staff," Robert says, looking up at the footprints of their baby Grace.

"She was real. They made her real for us. Those footprints were Dr. Tiller's idea. He wasn't a man with crazed eyes anticipating the kill like some anti-abortion activists would like you to picture. He understood the difficult position we were in. He allowed us to still have a piece of the family we wanted. He even called the baby by her name, by Grace."

My veterinary hospital did this for me when I had to have my dog euthanized. Is the point here that those employed by abortion mills can equal the standards of veterinary practices? Whoopee! Keep up the good work, guys.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:34am

After reading the article, I realize it was missing 2 components necessary to be a top-notch article for Alternet.

It didn't blame President Bush for the Anderson's situation.

It didn't imply all this could have been avoided if we would only listen to the wisdom of BO and go to single-payer health care.

But I see in another article the whining continues over the Hyde amendment.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:39am
I wish we could choose to be euthanized through expressly drawn advanced directives. At least we are permitted more mercy and compassion to our pets than our people and selves.
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Registered: 04-10-2003
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:41am
And this sarcastic response contributed to the discussion in what capacity?
Are you more interested in discussion or incitation?
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Registered: 02-19-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:52am

Be careful what you wish for .....

We exterminate several million companion animals each year in our pounds and shelters for the crime of being unwanted.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 9:55am

I can see that being presented with evidence that Dr Tiller may be somewhat other than a sociopathic demon short circuits you to the point where your ability to respond with intellect rather than anger is disable.

Par for the course.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:04am

So, again - I ask, why do *you* think that your tax dollars go to pay for some perfectly healthy women to get abortions? Since you had such a researched and in-depth explanation for why the Supreme Court upheld Hyde, you will of course be able to explain why they required this explicit exception based on how a woman or child felt about sex at the time of conception.

(crickets chriping}

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:20am

"So, again - I ask, why do *you* think that your tax dollars go to pay for some perfectly healthy women to get abortions?"

At present they go to pay for abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, and those that pose a threat to the life of the mother.

The article I referred to was quite upset about this state of affairs.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:34am

So...again....*Why* do you think that you are paying for those non-life threatening abortions? You had very clear opinons on why the Hyde Amendment was upheld for those pregnancies where there were the fetus had no brain.

Why do you think that the Hyde Amendment was required to allow those perfectly healthy women and girls that weren't interested in sex to "kill their baby?"

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