By Dave Andrusko
“Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on its way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as the unexceptionable.” — Richard John Neuhaus.
There are many powerful pro-life quotations but none seems as apt and as application in so many areas as the late Fr. Neuhaus’ admonition.
Remember when assisted suicide was for the “terminally ill”? Now not a day goes by that some “bioethicist” doesn’t decide to add another category of defenseless people to the pool of those who can be escorted out of this life, with or without their consent, with or without clear evidence they are legally competent, and with or without a concern who is next.
I would like to take his astonishing insight to make a point about how this race to the bottom takes place. Consider what is happening to David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress.
His “reward” for exposing the sickening underbelly of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in fetal tissue (and entire organs) is to be attacked in state and federal courts. Now, the usual suspects are, of course, wanting to silence Mr. Daleiden. But it is service of the larger objective: to take people’s attention away from the horrors of what the CMP documented.
I cannot stress enough how important that is. And I don’t simply mean the famous observation about the “banality of evil,” its routineness and the way what seem to be ordinary people come to be complicit in incomprehensibly evil actions.
If we forget it, we will lose our sense of righteous indignation. For many people—but not us—a shrug will replace a head shaking in disbelief.
We wrote about nearly all the CMP videos. I recall one in which Dr. Carolyn Westoff, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Advisor, exclaimed
“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural. …Oh, gonads! Oh, my God, gonads.”
And in case anyone should ask
“Everything we provide is fresh.”
And there’s Dr. Mary Gatter, president of the Medical Directors Council of PPFA, who casually discussed the possibility of using a “less crunchy [abortion] technique” to preserve intact baby organs.
And who can forget Dr. Deborah Nucatola talking about “crushing” where
“you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact”
“with the calvarium [the skull], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex [head first], because when it’s vertex presentation you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amounts of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium.”
And that’s just for starters. We’re already sick to our stomachs before we hear lab techs laughing and joshing as they manipulate to secure whole baby body parts, or listen to Gatter as she jokes, “I want a Lamborghini.”
My point is a simple one. We must never allow pro-abortion ruses to take our eyes off what they do—unspeakable evil—and to whom they do it—the most defenseless among us.