Spurrell, the "doctor" who titled his article, "Why I fly 3,400 Miles Every Month to Perform Abortions in Texas," wrote in protest of Texas abortion bill HB2, which would require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
A doctor having admitting privileges at a local hospital would seem like a no-brainer, but to Spurrell the abortionist, it is a cumbersome requirement that would make his job more difficult. After all, he tells us, "...if any of my patients ever did need emergency care after the procedure, she could simply go to the nearest emergency room." He goes on to say that "very few patients ever require follow-up or emergency care afterward." His words leave me wondering about the patients who do. Where is the "compassion, respect and dignity" for them?
I believe Spurrell the abortionist truly believes his motives and actions are selfless. In his mind he believes, as he states in the article, that he is treating these women with "compassion, respect and dignity." However, in the light of truth, he is, in fact, doing the complete opposite. Although he proclaims that his work as an abortionist is "not about me," the words in his article say otherwise as he praises himself for performing abortions repeatedly telling the reader how difficult and self sacrificing it is to carry out his "work."
Being postabortive myself and having worked with women who have had abortions for over twenty years, I can tell you that compassion involves having concern for the suffering of an individual. Compassion is not cooperating with evil in order to supposedly make that suffering go away or perpetuate the false idea that something as evil as abortion is somehow good. Treating someone with dignity would not allow the truth to be hidden about what abortion is or what happens during the procedure. Dignity, by definition, is "the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect." Taking the life of your own child does not make a woman feel worthy or honor or respect. In fact, abortion makes a woman feel the complete opposite of dignified. Contrary to what Spurrell and others would like people to believe, shame and blame resulting from abortion do not come from outside of ourselves. Shame comes from the innate, interior knowledge that you have ended the life of your own child which is always wrong.
Healing from a past abortion has countless struggles and setbacks and one of the biggest struggles is self forgiveness. As women begin to recognize the lies they have been told by the abortion industry, making apparent the blatant lack of full disclosure that is required to be made known with any other medical procedure, women cannot believe what they have actually done. While abortion is purported to be for the good of the mother, it only serves to leave women in confusion and pain with a nagging sense of disbelief that she could have been so blind. She wonders how she allowed herself to be duped by the abortion industry which claims, ad nauseam, to have the rights and dignity of women as a core belief and motivating factor. It may take years, even decades, but the truth eventually comes to women who have had an abortion, sometimes not until they are in their 80's or 90's, as we have seen these women come forward for healing.
As one woman I worked with said, "Even though I was engrossed in the lies, I still knew in my heart that what we did was wrong... everything about the clinic was deceptive. I allowed (and paid!) someone to kill my baby in my womb, the safest place a person can find herself."
Spurrell continues, telling the reader he has met women who had "sold nearly everything they had to put together the money to pay for the procedure," money which he has no trouble taking to enhance the life of his wife and "five beautiful sons," who he states know what he does for a living. Does your brand of "respect and dignity" teach your sons to respect women as you kill their unborn children?
Spurrell needs to take time to speak to women who have been destroyed by abortion. Women who may not have sold all their possessions, but their souls, or those who have lost the ability to have other children because of abortion. Perhaps then, instead of killing the unborn, he could put to good use the mental health training he says he has had to help postabortive women put their lives back together. Now that would be a true act of compassion.
In the end, Spurrell laments his time away from home while he is across the country performing abortions, in an attempt to garner sympathy, telling us what he has had to miss while performing abortions in Texas. His wife, he says, sends him pictures of what his boys are doing as they "grow and learn and try new things."
Sorry, Dr. Spurrell, but it seems to me you should be grateful. Those of us who have had abortions will never get to see our kids do those things, not even in pictures.
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