In response to the Feb. 2, Billings Gazette Guest View by Caitlin Borgmann, executive director of the Montana ACLU,  Borgmann presented arguments for the need for more Montana abortion providers and listed what she said were the three most common reasons for abortions (concern for or responsibility to others; inability to afford to raise a child; or the need to work, attend school or care for dependents) adding that she thought abortion was “basic health care.”

Borgmann stated, “About one in four women in the United States will have an abortion by age 45.” The CDC Abortion Surveillance 2014 states that, “the abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births,” which is 18.6 percent.

I thought back to being a nursing student when I was doing a surgery rotation and was in a room while a hysterotomy and abortion were performed. I witnessed a tiny baby, perfectly formed, unable to speak for herself after being removed from the mother’s uterus lay helplessly in a small basin unable to live outside her mother’s womb. The nurse in charge prayed for the baby before it was taken away. It was so sad to see that baby.

I fear that many people who advocate for abortions have no idea what really transpires. Regardless of which “procedure” is used to abort the child, abortion is violence against children. The same people who advocate for abortions may say they stand against child violence, yet they’re not. The fallout of abortion is staggering including assaulting the mental health of ill-informed mothers and fathers, the questions of surviving siblings and the grave sense of loss all around because life is so precious.

Isabel Lundin, RN-BC, CNLCP