I know my New Year's resolution was to be positive and offer hope and all that, but I have a bad headache and I'm fresh outta joy. So instead I will rant about an episode of ER I saw Thursday night, one of my favorite shows. All you pro-choicers can just quit reading now.
Star of the show Dr. Abby is suddenly found to be pregnant with her new "F"-buddy, Dr. Luca. Since they aren't in a serious relationship, they discuss whether or not she should keep the baby. Luca being Catholic, says he wants her to keep it, but says it must be her choice. Nice...like he has no say in the matter, even though it's HIS kid too. Ugh.
Then some 15 year old girl comes into the ER and is found to be pregnant. Dr. Indian girl, whose name I never remember, tells her quite plainly she doesn't have to have the baby. The girl is clearly religious and says, "No, that would be wrong." Her parents are brought in and told, and handle it pretty well, comfortingly telling the daughter they will help her. Girl reveals to Doc that she was raped and says she wishes the whole thing would just go away. Doc takes that to mean she really wants the abortion. The Doc tells the parents about the rape and again tells the dad she is only 15 and could terminate. Dad says "No, that is against God. The child should not be punished for how it was conceived." Doc pulls Mom aside outside the room and again pressures her that the girl is too young for this pregnancy and should terminate it.
At this point if I were the mom, violence would ensue. I would probably yell at the doctor, possibly hit her, and would certainly ask to speak to someone higher up. I would certainly drag my kid out of that hospital as fast as possible.
Senior Doc says to little Indian Doc, "quit harassing the parents, move on." Indian Doc says "I want to talk to another doc, because you are Catholic." Senior Dr. Luca yells at her and then goes in to talk to patient. Offers her a technique that might lead to miscarriage. Girl asks if it's a sin. Doc says "It's our way of giving God a chance to change His mind." AAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
God doesn't MAKE MISTAKES. Girl has procedure (supposedly not technically an abortion) without parents knowledge, and is encouraged to lie to her parents and tell them she is simply miscarrying. Watching this enfuriated and scared me. That some adults could conspire against two parents to help their CHILD murder her own baby. That 15 year old CHILD doesn't even have the capability to fully understand her actions. She is only given a few minutes to decide to end her baby's life.
THIS is why we need parental rights in this country. If that ever happened to my daughter, there would be hell to pay.