Scenes from BR abortion clinic
BATON ROUGE - The abortion debate raged downtown at a public hearing Thursday over tighter clinic regulations, but across town at Baton Rouge's only abortion clinic people were largely unaware of the regulation battle. However, they were still very invested in the outcome.
Samantha Bowen, 20, has three children. Now that she's pregnant with her fourth, she's choosing to have an abortion.
"I've had three C-sections," said Bowen, "and if I even attempted to have another child, my C-section would rupture and I'd bleed out and die in minutes."
Bowen says she's glad Baton Rouge has a functioning abortion clinic, the Delta Clinic. "There are choices we have. It's a right, a right to do what we want with our body," she said.
On the sidewalk outside the clinic, anti-abortion activist Chris Sellars encouraged women to make a different choice. "Science teaches and church teaches life begins at conception," said Sellars, "by the time a young lady is pregnant the baby is already formed."
Sellars says that he believes abortions are never necessary, but he does feels bad for women who choose to abort for medical reasons. "We hear this every now and then, and our heart goes out to them, so we understand the situation she might be in," said Sellars.
Bowen is also able to see the debate from the eyes of her opponent. "I do see it their way a little bit, because at 15 I was told to have an abortion and I didn't, I chose to have an adoption," said Bowen.