Sunday, August 16, 2015

More on those abortion videos . . .

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
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Writing for the Daily Beast (August 10, 2015), Ruben Navarrette Jr. admits, "I Don't Know if I'm Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos," and he is particularly disturbed by the fifth video:
Most recently, in Video #5, Melissa Farrell, director of research at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Texas, talks cavalierly about the cost of extracting "intact fetal cadavers." It is, Farrell says coldly, "all just a matter of line items."

This raises the possibility that no one wants to discuss - that some of the aborted fetuses exited the womb alive and they were either killed or left to die, their "cadavers" intact.
No one wants to discuss this, but here we are, discussing it. I've often encountered the argument that abortion should be a woman's right even up to the moment before birth. After a successful birth, however, a living fetus is not only declared a baby, but, presumably, is also granted the right to life. Wouldn't that presumption likewise apply to aborted, "intact fetuses" taken from the womb alive?

Note that I'm focusing upon a narrow point: Does an aborted but intact, living fetus have the right to life?



At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act bars anyone including medical personnel from intentionally taking the life of a fetus surviving outside the womb,. Medical abortions induced by pills can be used up through the ninth week of pregnancy and cause the fetus to be expelled intact.

I have a gut check scenario for anyone who thinks a fertilized egg is equal to a born human, imagine you are working at a fertility clinic when a disaster occurs such as a fire. You can either assist a disabled coworker in escaping or take a container of frozen embryos. Id leave the embryos and help my coworker, even if I didn't like the person and the embryos were my only chance at biological motherhood. The value of human life should not be reduced to 48 pairs of chromosomes.


At 8:40 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks for the legal point. I'm actually asking for a more philosophical analysis.

My own questions to those who argue that abortion is murder are as follows:

If abortion is murder, then who is the murderer?

If the doctor performing the abortion and the woman undergoing the abortion are both murderers, should they face the death penalty?

If abortion is murder, and if women who have undergone abortion are murderers, how many murderers are walking free?

By the way, that chromosome remark should be "23 pairs of chromosomes."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

48 pairs of chromosomes. 😳

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Maybe you were thinking of Eurasian beavers - they have 48 pairs of chromosomes.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The species homo sapien and castor fiber are easily confused.


At 8:55 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

One of my friends back in Texas many years ago saw an advertisement by a construction-equipment company for a backhoe called a "Beaver." The ad said, "Try one of our little Beavers for a nice, tight hole."

I don't know if that Beaver was a Castor fiber or a Homo sapiens, but I imagine there were some confused customers . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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