Abortion for a Better Complexion?

I’ve just had this incredible contribution to the blog combox:

As a single career woman who hopes one day to have children, I like to keep my reproductive system toned like the rest of my body. I try to get pregnant at least once a year but always try for twice, I think that’s better. I usually wait until just after the first trimester to abort. I always feel and think I look so much better after. My skin looks younger, I have more energy. My menses are more regular and with less cramping. My doctor says everything is tip top and ready to go.

I hope this is some kind of a sick joke, but is it possible that this is authentic? The woman intentionally gets pregnant to “keep her reproductive system toned”?? She then kills the unborn child and then feels and looks better and her doctor approves of this bizarre and gruesome therapy?? Baby killing for better skin??

Is this what it’s come to? A woman gets pregnant in order to achieve the famous “bloom” of pregnancy but kills the baby only to do it again the next year? Then she plans one day to have children and be a mother? What kind of a mother would such a child killer be? It’s incomprehensible.

Allow me to play the Bible thumper here, but St Paul outlined the desperately wicked state that we are in very clearly in the first chapter of the Book of Romans:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,they not only continue to do these very things but also approveof those who practice them.

 I hope the comment was just some kind of sick attempt to bait me, but there is so much weird and terrible stuff out there right now that frankly, nothing would surprise me.

  • Ray Palmer

    That’s GOT to be a joke. Please God, please, someone is pulling your leg.

  • heavenly1

    April Fool! (I hope.)

  • jgrigorian

    I think someone is trying to egg you on Father.

  • frdlongenecker

    It is no joke on my part. The comment came in on a post I wrote about a woman who had nine abortions.

    • OneTimothyThreeFifteen

      …but you can see why regulars might see it as a wind up, or her as a new alter-ego you’re just about to introduce to us, called Lucretia Aborsha…

      I know you’d never do satire on such an issue, but when satire and reality can fuse like this, we need to get worried. Really worried.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

    No legitimate gynecologist would tell her she was “tip top”. This person is sick and egging you on. Every OB/GYN knows that multiple abortions cause incompetent cervix – a weakening of the cervical tissue – and make it damn near impossible to carry a baby to term.

    • YesDavisIsMyFirstName

      key word “legitimate”. Some just slip through the cracks.

  • Julie Culshaw

    I too think someone is having you on.

  • Patricius

    That has to be a wind-up.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    I’m praying that this was an extreme trolling special.

  • http://cumlazaro.blogspot.com/ Lazarus

    Don’t women in Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ undergo ‘pregnancy substitutes’ for similar health benefits?

    It does sound like a wind up but, if so, you wonder what the point of it is. Of course boasting about having abortions for primarily cosmetic reasons is going to wind people up. And so it should.

  • Genty

    A spoof making the point about the cavalier attititude to abortion, perhaps?

  • phil

    thinking someone has tripped you on…Padre

  • Chesire11

    I’m confident it was a wind up. I can’t imagine any doctor in the world wouldn’t be waving red flags about the health risks of serial abortions.

  • James

    This is an internet troll, Father.
    Loss of pregnancy at 12 weeks would be a rather hormonally traumatic event. She wouldn’t have better skin, more regular menses, or less cramping.

    Second, if she really DID go to a doctor with complaints about her cycle and her skin, he would almost certainly suggest the Pill.

    • YesDavisIsMyFirstName

      “Most certainly suggest the Pill” Unless its Gosnell…

      May not be a troll. Some people get really twisted ideas about things. Sometimes they are basic like, Koreans thinking that leaving bathroom fans on overnight will kill you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death. And people still use cells from male foreskins in modern makeup with the false Idea that it can make your face look younger. Other more insidious beliefs lead to things like the Inquisition or the Crusades or the Holocaust. It’s actually quite common for crazy beliefs to occur, even where patently false. Many still think that contraception for instance is actually abortion which it is not. Its very possible that that commenter was quite sincere.

      • Heartlander

        Actually, hormonal forms of contraception DO work in part by an abortifacient mechanism: preventing implantation of an already conceived embryo. IUDs also work by preventing implantation. What they actually are doing, then, is causing a very early abortion, and the embryo — which is just a human being in his or her earliest stage of development — dies and passes out of the body without the woman ever even knowing she was pregnant.

  • Dale

    I suspect the comment was meant in the same vein as when pro-choice demonstrators chanted “Hail Satan” at the Texas State Capitol. It was an attempt to offend or to provoke outrage, and nothing else.

  • Victor

    Long story short Friend, I won’t say that this is not some kind of sick attempt to bait you but instead I’ll simply leave your readers with this little bit of information below that I just fell upon on abortions and just keep my abortion stories of the past for another time.



  • Paul Adams

    The problem with irony is that it depends on sufficient shared beliefs and values that people can see the joke. in a culture like ours where nothing is too sick or outrageous or absurd that some will not believe it, irony tends to fall flat. Instead of the writer being understood to mean the opposite of what he says, he is taken to mean just what he says, resulting in outrage or agreement, but not a laugh. Lucky for Jonathan Swift that he lived in a different time.

  • Bren R

    This is most definitely meant to provoke. I can’t imagine that even the most vain woman on the planet would do such a thing to improve her complexion and overall feeling of well-being.