Below is a story of how one person’s experience forever reinforced his belief in the sanctity of life.
The incident you are about to read is true. It took place in a hospital after the infamous US Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade in January 1973. It involves, a young Philadelphia Firefighter who was training to become a paramedic.
A segment of his three-month paramedic course was a rotation in obstetrics. Part of this training included how to deliver a baby. He observed how doctors assisted women during the birth process.
While he was in the delivery area, he walked into a side room. In that small area, he observed a shocking scene. Laying on a metal counter top was the fully formed body of a dead baby. He described the baby’s skin as reddish in color. He didn’t understand how this baby died and what caused the crimson color of the baby’s skin. He then left the side room and asked a staff member how did the baby die. The person told him the baby was aborted.
Since that time, this incident has been etched in his memory. It was years later that he shared this traumatic story with me. As one who has been a long time pro-life activist, I knew why the baby’s skin was red. I told him, since this was a late-term abortion, the baby was killed by the doctor injecting a saline solution into the mother’s womb. This solution causes the baby to die a slow painful death and in the process burns the baby’s body.
As he matured, his belief that taking an unborn baby’s life by abortion was immoral. His view evolved to become a large part of his moral and ethical beliefs. This incident is still clearly etched in his memory. He said when he thinks about abortion and the right to life of the unborn, the picture of that dead baby comes to mind and reinforces his belief in the sanctity of human life.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14