• Bill Bush

Abortion is all about selfishness

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

I recently read about Dana Scatton. I believe her story highlights what is wrong with our country and why abortion is so prevalent.

At age 17 and seven months pregnant, Scatton was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She chose to protect her unborn child by waiting to receive radiation treatment until after giving birth.

Scatton, a Christian, passed away three months after the birth of her daughter Aries.

* I included the link below if you want to read more of her story. It’s both sad and inspirational.

Scatton made a selfless act, risking her own life to protect her daughter. I used to think most parents would gladly sacrifice themselves for their children. I’m not so sure anymore.

The thing that stands out most about Scatton’s sacrifice is that few would blame her for choosing to undergo the radiation treatment. I’m not aware of any law that would prohibit her from the treatment because she was pregnant, and while they may exist, I’m not aware of any pro-life advocates who think such a law should exist.

Yet, even when she could easily justify the treatment, she declined.

Scatton’s self-sacrifice stands in stark contrast to the motivation behind nearly every abortion.

Although the majority of the times pro-abortion and pro-choice advocates argue the fringe cases like Scatton’s, where medical issues are involved, the vast majority of abortions are done simply for the convenience and self-centered desires of the pregnant woman.

** Take a look at the table below for the most important reasons women gave for having an abortion.

% Reason for abortion

25 Not ready for a(nother) child†/timing is wrong

23 Can’t afford a baby now

19 Have completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown

8 Don’t want to be a single mother/am having relationship problems

7 Don’t feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child/feel too young

4 Would interfere with education or career plans

<0.5 Don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant

86+ Subtotal

4 Physical problem with my health

3 Possible problems affecting the health of the fetus

<0.5 Was a victim of rape

<0.5 Husband or partner wants me to have an abortion

<0.5 Parents want me to have an abortion

7+ Subtotal

6 Other

100 Total

Take a good look at the top reasons why women have abortions. As you can see, the top six reasons are for the convenience of the mother and have nothing to do with hers or the baby’s health. They total over 86% of total abortions.

I didn’t dig into the details behind the “Other” category of 6%, but suspect from my other readings that it includes things like selection of gender and other oddities. For my purposes here I will bypass it.

Only 7% of abortions are related to the health of the baby or the mom. And less than .5% of abortions occur because of rape or incest.

Our society has devalued motherhood to the point that women selfishly murder their developing baby instead of sacrificing their personal comforts and desires to tackle the most important task any person on earth can undertake.

We need more mothers like Dana Scatton.


** The table used is taken from and was taken in 2004. I found many similar tables and chose to use this one (even though it is older) because it’s found on a website that is known for support abortion rights. All the other tables I viewed had similar percentages to the ones present above. The table can be viewed here:

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