ORLANDO, FL – Angele, a single mother in her thirties with two children, thought that abortion was the answer to her circumstances. At almost 23 weeks gestation, she entered the EPOC Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Little did she realize that the next day she would give birth to a live, perfectly healthy boy whom she named Rowan. Cradling Rowan’s moving body, her screams for help were ignored by abortion clinic workers while her son took his last breath.
The clinic is known for late-term abortions and for its well-known founder, Dr. James Pendergraft. A few years ago, he served time in a federal prison regarding an alleged scheme to extort the city of Ocala, Florida by means of his other abortion clinic in that city.
On April 1, Angele was given Valium, and Laminaria were inserted in her cervix to begin dilation. She was told to return the following day. On April 2, Angele took prescribed medicine to induce labor. Cramping and crying, she went to the clinic and knocked repeatedly on the door. Eventually someone came and directed her to a room that had dried blood on the wall. She was given a blanket that was still wet. She began to bleed and go into labor. Despite her cries, no one assisted her. After one hard push, the baby was born, fully intact and definitely alive. Angele said, “His right leg moved. He curled up a bit, like he was cold; I screamed but no one came.” She pleaded for the clinic workers to call 911, but they did not.
Angele caressed and comforted her son by rubbing his back, tummy and chest. “I stroked his precious little head and kept telling him I loved him, and we would be okay,” she said. Still no one came to help. Eventually, Angele, holding the baby still attached to the umbilical cord, ran to get her cell phone. Help did not arrive in time. Rowan took his last breath. “After a few minutes, I realized for certain that he was gone. I picked up my son. I held him to my chest. I rocked him and prayed. I could not stop crying,” said Angele. “I felt so bad. I felt so helpless. I had been so wrong to come here â€¦ I wanted to fix and change everything once I saw Rowan’s precious little face and body. All we needed was someone to get us to safety,” Angele said.
Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, which represents Angele, told LifeSiteNews.com, “Angele’s baby Rowan’s birth and death unmasked the tragic abortion and infanticide that occurs every day in America. Most victims are nameless and we never hear about them. We need to replace the abortion rhetoric with a culture of life.”
Staver recalls, “When I visited baby Rowan at the funeral home and saw his precious little body, fully formed with blond eyelashes and growing fingernails, I wondered, ‘How can we continue to kill our children and hide behind the rubric of choice?'” He added, “Rowan’s short life will not be in vain if his story can give life and hope to mothers who believe their only choice is abortion. We must protect our precious, innocent children. We must extend a healing hand to mothers like Angele.”
“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.
This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
–Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
My official response to any and all situations regarding a pregnant woman, including the so called “chance of death” which is brought up all the time, but no specific case studies are available, is that all life is worth the chance to live.
Years ago at Antioch when it was at the Regan’s house, we had a discussion on Abortion. While there were some who knew of exactly what they were talking about, many had no clue. In an effort to educate, we were shown a video called, “The Hard Truth”. This video is graphic and shows abortion in it’s true form. I am going to post a link here where you can watch this video in segments. There is no narraration for the video except at the beginning. I will tell you now, THIS IS GRAPHIC and does show actual abortion as well as what happens to the babies after the abortions. This is a tough video to watch, but if you do watch it, by the end you will more fully understand our nations greatest travesty. This puts everything else in life into perspective.
I am Pro-Life. Very much so. I saw Jim Caviezel speak the the Grand Rapids Right to Life Banquet last fall that was $50 a seat and over 5000 people went. I donated well over $200 to the cause that night and I feel it’s well worth every penny. Not only is the Catholic Church doing something about it, but we are actively praying, all the time, for an end to abortion, for a return to Family values, etc. Re: Theology of the Body. There are also women that talk with the girls that are considering an Abortion, etc. Not condemning them, but being honest and open with them, and genuinely caring for them.