Over a year ago, I delivered the story of Elyssa, a young woman who was almost killed at the hands of an abortionist. It is still one of my most popular posts. I have since heard another equally astounding pro-life story. One that must be told.
A young woman in Mexico, sixteen years old, ultimately dreamed of going into business. But like countless other women, her career plans were derailed by an unplanned pregnancy.
This was Sara’s mother. I randomly encountered Sara for the first time at a new student orientation in the summer of 2014. I was working the table for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) over the summer at Northern Kentucky University. In charge of bringing in freshmen to our ministry, I had the job of spreading the word to as many as I could. I was walking around and felt led, in the way that only the Holy Spirit can, to stop and talk to a couple freshmen sitting against a wall. One of them was Sara.
|Sara and I at the BCM at NKU|
When she came into the BCM building for the first time, I didn’t recognize her. Too many faces over the summer. Pretty soon, though, she became one of the regular people around the ministry.
Sara has been one of the few people interested in pro-life functions that I attend. I wasn’t sure why at the time. Finally, on the bus to the March for Life, I heard her story.
Her mom was in a bad spot. She really didn’t want a baby. She didn’t want her family to know. Her boyfriend was about to enter the army and didn’t want a baby. And so the aunt of Sara’s mother’s boyfriend took charge to help “fix it”.
Mexico is much different than America when it comes to abortion. Today, only Mexico City has legalized abortion; even then, it was an elite group that got the law passed. Generally, public opinion is against it. The last Forty Days for Life campaign (spring 2015) saw two of the three abortion mills in the city shut down. In 1996, the year Sara was born, only one in forty Mexican women had an abortion by age 40. In the U.S. today, that number is about one in three.
But like the U.S., the criminalization of abortion did not entirely stop it from happening. Sara’s mom, with help from her boyfriend’s aunt, went through several home remedies to attempt abortion. In a third-world country with no legal abortion options, this was the way to go.
The first attempt was with a special tea mix that induces a miscarriage. A fellow blogger on Blogspot, may God deal with her justly, gives these rather crass and chilling instructions:
You will need:
Fresh parsley (preferably organic...I don't want pesticides in my vagina, so I go organic)
500 mg pills/capsules of Vitamin C (Try not to get pills with Bioflavonoids such as Rose Hips. These PREVENT miscarriage.)
The treatment can last 3 days: DO NOT EXCEED 3 DAYS!! This will work or not within 2/3 days.
1. Insert a fresh sprig of parsley as far as possible into the vagina. (parsley induces contractions, yum) Change every 12 hours. When soft, it may be difficult to remove, but this is not dangerous.
2. At the same time, drink parsley infusions. 2 to 6 tablespoons 4 times a day.
Making an infusion: use 2 1/2 cups of boiling water for every ounce of parsley (If you buy it at the store, minus 2/3 stems (for sprigs) this should be the amount of water used to make the tincture). Add parsley to boiling water, remove from heat and cover. Very important that you remove from heat IMMEDIATELY upon adding the parsley. Boiling the water with the parsley in there will make the infusion less effective. Let it steep for at least 20 minutes (the longer it steeps, the more potent it will be. I usually let it steep for 2 hours.
3. During the 3 days (or until your period starts) take high doses of Vitamin C orally. Ideally, take 500 mg every hour up to 6000 mg. You can continue using the Vitamin C for up to 6 days. Vitamin C can bring on menstruation even 3 weeks after a "late" period. you can begin taking Vitamin C immediately after unsafe sex, or if the condom broke, etc.
If successful you should start to bleed in 2 to 3 days.
-You may have cramps (I get 'em bad after doing this) and you can take whatever you usually take for cramps or make a ginger infusion and take that.
-The chances of success are less if you regularly take high doses of Vitamin C
-High amounts of Vitmain C can cause loose stools. No one I know has experienced this, but is has been known to happen.
-Do not use if you have kidney problems.
-Watch for signs of Toxicity Specific to Parsley: Nausea, hallucinations, vomiting, vertigo, hives, paralysis, liver swollen and
painful, urine scanty and darkly colored, and tremors.
The simple fact is, this is abortion. The intended goal is to kill a growing human inside the womb, call them what you may.
But somehow, Sara survived.
Next was an injection into the uterus. From Sara’s description, it sounds similar to a Prostaglandin abortion that induces premature labor and kills the child through the trauma of premature birth. (Prostaglandin abortion is usually around four to eight month’s gestation, though.) It is suggested that the woman have intercourse to help induce labor, but this, thankfully, was not an option in the strained relationship.
But Sara’s mom didn’t go into labor. Sara survived.
After that was a pill to cause a heavier menstrual period, similar to the RU-486 pill in the U.S.
Though Sara’s mom did have a heavier period, Sara was not killed in the process.
The aunt of Sara’s mom’s boyfriend even recommended the teenager fall on her stomach, although she did not try it. These methods seem primitive, but they are common practice in poor areas of Mexico, where doctors are few and doctors performing abortion are much fewer.
It didn’t appear anything was working. So, after these failed abortion attempts, Sara’s mom was already showing and believed she was three months along. So, after attempting to avoid it, she had to tell her mom that she was pregnant. The one only other person who had any choice in Sara’s very existence said that it was the teenager’s choice as to what to do with her baby. Sara’s mom went to a doctor that performed abortions.
After checking her out, the doctor determined that she was actually four months along. So, while any abortion is immoral, a fetus looks like this at four months:
The doctor witnessed this teenager have a nervous breakdown from stress and fear. In a strange act of mercy, he told her, “A child is always a blessing,” and asked her to consider keeping her daughter.
Despite the confusion in her life, Sara’s mom did just that.
The times to follow were no less straining. Aside from the strain of a crisis pregnancy, Sara’s mom and her mom were broke. Truly broke. So the next few months involved moving from friend’s house to friend’s house, sleeping on couches. Sara’s grandma used the little money she had to buy yarn to knit a dress to put on Sara when she was born.
But it was at this time that Sara’s mom made a vow to care for Sara’s needs, to make sure she was never wanting and would grow up to have character. The depression that the teenager was dealing with from the pregnancy and rejection was ended. Living for someone else made life worth living.
A few weeks later, a lady gave Sara’s mom a bag full of 0-4 year-old clothes. She didn’t have to buy clothes until Sara was five.
“God always, always blessed me,” Sara told me.
When she was almost seven, Sara and her family immigrated to the United States. It was there that she came to church for the first time. For some reason, Sara liked it. One day she asked her mom to come with her, because “all the other kids have their mom there.” And so she did. Ultimately, both of them came to Christ. A woman who wanted nothing to do with religion and a girl who according to abortion advocates should not be here are both daughters of God.
Sara spent years not knowing the circumstances of her birth. It was just recently that she got all the details, which she then shared with me.
“Even with all that, I’ve never felt unloved,” she said, adding that she has never had bitterness towards her mom.
I asked her what made this story an important part of her testimony. “The first time I heard it, it had me in tears over God’s love…Why am I so special? God wanted me alive for some reason, how can I not spend every moment serving him?”
Sara has survived three attempts on her life and escaped the hands of an abortionist. If she would have already been born, the story would have made national headlines. Yet in the United States, access to murder those in Sara’s position is protected. Encouraged. Celebrated.
Let’s think this through. Let’s say I approached Sara’s mom a few weeks after Sara is born and give her the option to pay me to kill Sara. Let’s say her mom accepts, and I dismember Sara (in a sanitary environment, of course). Then let’s say that outside is a group of liberals and feminists that are yelling encouragement to myself and Sara’s mom. And let’s also say that there is a group of people that peacefully try to stop Sara’s mom from going into the building where I am planning to dismember her young daughter. What would we think of each of these characters?
Mind you, this is after Sara is born. So most would consider me a murderer and Sara’s mom fully complicit in Sara’s death. Society would expect both of us to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If the group of liberals and feminists were not criminally guilty, they would at least be considered evil. The group of people trying to stop Sara’s death would be commended for their effort.
But back it up a month before Sara is born, and suddenly we have a heroic woman with a good doctor. We have a group outside standing for women’s health. And we have an anti-choice extremist group that is to be demonized.
My God, where have we went astray?
Not only do abortion advocates believe that women should be allowed to make the “choice” to kill those like Sara before they are born, but they believe it is a great wrong that there is not equivalent abortion access in nations such as Mexico. They think the United States should be pressuring these nations to fund abortions.
To sift through the liberal rhetoric, Sara should be dead.
Let’s be real: there is no fundamental difference between a newly formed zygote and an infant. Sara did not suddenly become human when she was born. She didn’t become human when at four months gestation her mother decided to keep her. She has never changed species. She was human when she was first fertilized, and she is the same person with the same DNA and same humanity at age nineteen that she was when she was a zygote.
No true liberal will deny that women should have the choice to take their child’s life before birth. When God is working His plan, however, no person or celestial being can stop Him. And He has a great purpose for Sara.
I’ve mentioned in pro-life circles before that no one will likely see the end results of our work. But someone does. We will likely never meet the children that were saved through our witness (on Earth, at least) in front of abortion mills. But someone will. We may never know that a woman in college sees the violent, bloody reality of abortion on signs and decides to never have an abortion. But the life of her children in the future will testify to that. In the same way, I will never meet the doctor that told Sara’s mom “a child is always a blessing.” But I see the fruit of it. He may not even know if the teenage girl decided to keep her daughter. But those of us that know Sara know the end result.
What of the other children? What of all those that were not saved because no one put forth the effort to reason with their parents?
We have blood on our hands.
Collectively, as a nation, we have the blood of 56 million on our hands.
Individually, you have the blood of every person you did not save through your apathy. You treat the pro-life movement like any other fanatical thing, but when you look down your hands are stained red. That should concern you. It probably doesn’t.
If you are pro-choice, it is worse. You have the blood of every child that has died since you’ve held the belief that a born human is worth more than a preborn human. Every single one, because you defend the accessibility to take their lives.
There are people out there like Elyssa. Like Sara. Like other abortion survivors and people saved from abortion. Take a look at them. They look human to me. Since the absurd idea that we evolve while we’re in the womb has long been proven false, they were human from the very beginning. So were all of us.
Their lives are not worth less now because they were born to single parents. Why, somehow, are their lives worth less before they are born?
Pro-choice people, shed your delusion. You are defending the ability to take innocent human life.
Christians, shed your apathy. You are doing nothing to end the slaughter of innocent humans.
There are millions upon millions of people that have been savagely murdered in the United States because of fools who believe it to be okay because the circumstances are hard, and equally foolish people who are against it in conscience that refuse to act.
It doesn’t matter the circumstances. I know people who grew up in single-parent homes. People that went through foster care. People that were abused. I have yet to meet one that has said they wish they had never been given the chance to continue living. Where is the choice for those like Sara? Where is their value?
Value doesn’t come from being “wanted”. I’m looking at you, Planned Parenthood. Value is intrinsic to humanity. It cannot be divorced based on a formula. If you know a Sara, it’s time to stand up and confront the greatest human rights violation of our time. If you care about her life, you should care about the lives of those like her.
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