Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The great state of Texas is beginning the process of removing Planned Parenthood from the publicly funded organization list link. As anyone who reads this column should know, I am an unashamed proponent of life. I know (which is far stronger of a stance than mere belief) that life begins at the moment of conception. There is far too much science to prove this. So the question is really, when do any rights of humanity become endowed upon this life?
That question is enough to send many of the pro-death crowd into a screaming frenzy because if what we now call the de-humanizing terms of zygote, fetus, etc, is recognized for what it really is, human life, what they now see as a fundamental right becomes rather an act of legalized murder. The vast ingrained hypocrisy is that many of this group will also stand vigil protesting the execution of a serial killer whose primary target was children. Is it not interesting that the simple act of turning off the public spigot is enough to send the pro-abortion crowd into screams of protest? By this legislative act, Texas has not said that women cannot kill unborn babies, but has simply said that the state will not pay the Planned Parenthood Organization to promote the practice, so why the outcry that Texas is discriminating against poor women and has no feelings for the plight of rape victims?
Is it because of the cost? No, since nearly every private health insurance company out there has provisions for paying for the procedure. Is it because of a preponderance of pregnancies are potentially deadly for the mother and only a government supported program can care for them? Please, there is not a single medical issue that the private sector cannot and has not failed to deal with better and more efficiently than the public. In every case, except in the less than 1/10th of 1% of pregnancies that require a D&C to save the mother’s life, the unborn child can be saved as well. It is only a matter of cost.
Any reasonable thinker would wonder why Planned Parenthood and the organization’s supporters are reacting as strongly they are to this legislation since not one of the protests has mentioned the cost to PP, only the supposed inconvenience to an assumed host of unwed mothers. A quick look at the money this supposedly unbiased group spreads around, link shows a considerable bias, especially in the favor of those politicians who have shown a consistent antipathy toward the typically historical American values.
Regarding those medical procedures that can save but the mother and the child, however, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the pro-abortion crowd will only support those procedures that kill the child. Therefore, from this point on pro-abortion will heretofore be call pro-death for the sake of accuracy
I want a member of the pro-death camp to answer this question honestly and without rancor: what is the result of human conception if it is not human? Is the result some sort of science fiction script? Is it insectoid, reptilian, feline perhaps? I can almost guarantee that not one of them will give a well-reasoned answer because the only scientifically correct answer is “human life”. There are stages within the growth of this life where it has yet to achieve measurable sentience and there are stages where it is completely reliant on the mother for sustaining that life, but if not human, what is it? I have yet to receive any answer to that question from any abortion supporter.
You see, when the rhetoric is broken down and the discussion is brought to fundamentals there is no room left for semantics and this is what really bothers the fanatics on both sides. Where abortion is concerned, most of the fanatics live on the left but not all of them. Those who shoot abortionists are just as wrong as those doctors who violate their oath by hiding behind contracts. The Hippocratic Oath as translated from the Greek reads thusly:
“I swear by Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath.
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.
“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
“I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
“But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
“I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
“In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
“All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
“If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.”
There is no room in the oath, if it is followed honestly, to perform an abortion. In fact, every man or woman who becomes a doctor gives an oath stating that they will not perform the procedure. So it would seem that Texas is actually helping the medical profession keep its word.
The writers objecting to the action of the Texas Legislature and Governor Perry’s upcoming signature did not bother to do any research; they simply reacted because that state was supposedly violating an article of their faith. The pro-death crowd calls for tolerance, but reacts with intolerance when someone disagrees with them. Past writings give ample evidence to that.
For what it’s worth, the way the Texas legislature has dealt with this issue is a shining moment America should be proud of and I, for one, will state that fact boldly.