Video: ABQ Woman Shares from Experience Why Fetal Anomalies Are No Justification for Late-term Abortion

Albuquerque, NM — On the weekend before a municipal election that will determine if Albuquerque, New Mexico, will become the first city in the nation ban abortions after 20 weeks, a woman has come forward in a new video to tell why, when faced with a prenatal diagnosis of a child with severe fetal anomalies, she heroically rejected pressure to abort her son, Chance.

Calling the bid to end late-term abortion a “humanitarian issue,” Chantel Stuckman told of the heart-wrenching moment when she and her husband were told that her 24 week pre-born son had deformities so severe that he was not expected to live. While her doctors did not demand that she abort, they pressured her to rapidly make a life or death decision.

Having had an abortion as a teen that she deeply regrets, Chantel knew that this baby must be given a chance at life, however slim.

“Chance was diagnosed with hydrocephaly and other conditions that often lead to abortions out of a misguided concern that the don’t want their child to suffer,” said Tara Shaver, Chairperson of ABQ Voters For Late Term Abortion Ban. “Aborting babies who are sick or disabled isn’t something a compassionate society should do. We should let life take its course, and when we do, sometimes unexpected blessings come from what seems at first like tragedy.”

Chantel agrees, noting that doctors told her that her son would not survive, but he did. They said he would never walk, talk, or read, but he can do all three.

“I think that all children struggle,” said Chantell. “And I don’t think that killing them is ever our first option. I don’t think we look at a child who’s going through drug abuse and say, ‘You know, they’re really struggling. Maybe it would be better if I killed him.’ I don’t think we look at a child who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and say, ‘Well, maybe we should just kill him because their suffering is going to be too much. So I don’t see the fact that a child may or may not suffer as a reason to end their life.”

Today, Chance is a happy 14-year old teen who is a joy to all who know him.

Chantel supports the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance because she understands more than most the heartbreak of a poor fetal diagnosis – and that abortion is not the answer. In a new video, produced by Shaver and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, Chantel urges Albuquerque voters to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance for the sake of children like Chance.

Chantel Stuckman is available for interviews. Please contact Tara Shaver, 505-319-7825, to schedule.

Watch the video: “Chance: Life Matters” on Youtube.com
To get involved, visit LateTermAbortionBan.com.

  • I know a woman who was told that her child would have all sorts of deformities. And said she would have to have an abortion immediately before it would be too late. The mother refused and the baby was born a few weeks ago …PERFECT! Nothing is wrong with the baby and she looks like a doll. I think if doctors lost their license each time they urged a woman to abort they’d stop. How many babies have been killed?

    I disagree with any bill that allows any baby to be killed … ie BEFORE 20 weeks. Drs know that babies respond to touch as early as 8 weeks.So if this is true then why pick 20 weeks. Why not fight to abolish ALL abortion? Abortion needs to be stopped not regulated.
    If we don’t try to save all babies all babies will NEVER stand a chance.