US President Barack Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood on the subject of “women’s health” was a masterpiece… of deceptive rhetoric. Not once in during the entire speech did he mention abortion.
This question is especially important since Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions (333,964) and profits ($87.4 million in excess revenue and $1.265 billion in net assets [!]) in the 2011-2012 fiscal year (2011-2012 Annual Report here).
It’s simple to understand. This is merely a rhetorical game to blind the public to the reality of what on-demand abortion actually is. Even pro-abortion advocates from the ’70s admit this:
“The process of eroding the old ethic and substituting the new has already begun. It may be seen most clearly in changing attitudes toward human abortion. In defiance of the long held Western ethic of intrinsic and equal value for every human life regardless of its stage, condition, or status, abortion is becoming acceptable by society as moral, right, and even necessary… since the old ethic has not been fully displaced it has been necessary to separate the idea of abortion from the idea of killing, which continues to be socially abhorrent. The result has been a curious avoidance of the scientific fact, which everyone really knows, that human life begins at conception and is continuous whether intra- or extra-uterine until death. The very considerable semantic gymnastics which are required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous if they were not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices. It is suggested that this schizophrenic sort of subterfuge is necessary because while a new ethic is being accepted the old one has not yet been rejected.”
- California Medicine 113, no.3 (1970), reprinted in The Human Life Review 1, no.1 (1975): 103-4.
How odd that an organization would perform hundreds of thousands of abortions a year when its founder would have called it “a disgrace to civilization”…
Carelessly and aimlessly mixed by the cold, withered hand of Mother Nature herself. Just add water and wait a few billion years. Those microbes will magically become microbiologists! No information or other external input needed.
The trial of Kermit Gosnell has brought to light the true face of the victims of abortion. It is also a fine time for us to read and share a horrific description of what happens during a legal abortion procedure as recalled by former director of a Planned Parenthood office in Texas Abby Johnson in her book “Unplanned”:
At first, the baby didn’t seem aware of the cannula. It gently probed the baby’s side, and for a quick second I felt relief. Of course, I thought. The fetus doesn’t feel pain. I had reassured countless women of this as I’d been taught by Planned Parenthood. The fetal tissue feels nothing as it is removed. Get a grip, Abby. This is a simple, quick medical procedure. My head was working hard to control my responses, but I couldn’t shake an inner disquiet that was quickly mounting to horror as I watched the screen.
The next movement was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if it were trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed its side, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that it could feel the cannula, and it did not like what it was feeling. …
My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment the baby looked as if it were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then it crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then it was gone.
All the training she went through merely blinded her to the reality of what she was a part of. Then there on that gray scale screen she literally came face to face with the disturbing truth. Thank God that it was the first and last time she was actually involved in an abortion herself.
genocide – the deliberate and systematic destruction of a national, racial, religious, political, cultural, ethnic, or other group defined by the exterminators as undesirable
Gosnell worker testifies: Baby being ‘aborted’ ‘screamed… like a little alien’ (In fact, the illegal worker commented that she identified the babies as “specimens” to make it “easier to deal with mentally”.)
Two great articles about the impact this case is having on even pro-choice people:
From Roe to Gosnell by James Taranto (Wonderfully points out the Orwellian doublespeak that fills so-called “pro-choice” rhetoric. You can also read of the sadistic, experimental device Kermit Gosnell was responsible for inserting into the wombs of 15 women nearly 40 years ago.)
14 Theories for Why Kermit Gosnell’s Case Didn’t Get More Media Attention by Conor Friedersdorf (Very thoughtful article.)
“I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. And I think the ship has sailed. This is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”
Well, Rob Bell et al. just so happen to also be on a ship… a sinking one.
With all the talk about revolts and revolutions against this or that, I say start the most important and lasting type, an internal one. Through the good news about Jesus, you can be set free from the greatest oppressor — your own wrongs, your own bad habits, and your own character flaws.
The genius composer and iconoclast Frank Zappa once remarked that there should be a billboard in every city that says, “I doubt it.” The hard-boiled atheist that he was, he crystallized the job of the (hyper)skeptic well. All that is required is every time someone claims something, just say “I don’t believe that” or “I doubt it”. One of us Christian apologists might spend hours researching into a question one such skeptic has, looking at multiple explanations and multiple refutations, then considerately and sincerely present the results to such a person. They then merely need to say, “I don’t believe it” or “I doubt it” and continue along their way, oblivious not only to the work a Christian apologist just put into their question, but also to the fact that somebody probably asked it long before they did.
What is made apparent pretty soon is that the problem isn’t the amount of evidence for a claim (Can you ever have all the evidence for anything?), it’s a question of presuppositions. This in itself is interesting since arguing about a point entails that you think it is significant or worthwhile. However, I find that some consider the points they argue with such fervor so insignificant that one is confused on why they are hard-pressed to argue their point.
Thankfully, many legal systems don’t operate the way hyperskeptics do. Jurors the world over are pressed not to focus merely on what is possible (since everything is, really), but on what is reasonable. And that is the true enemy of the hyperskeptic who seems content to maintain their skepticism in spite of the evidence and the unreasonableness of their conclusions.
A perfect example is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. What have been the alternative explanations given to explain the evidence we have?
For nearly 2,000 years people have provided answers for objections to the explanation that best fits the facts, even as early as the second century in the works of Origen. “Jesus was a copy-cat myth. Jesus was this. Jesus was that.” As the pitifully (or intentionally?) lazy director, Peter Joseph, of the Internet video sensation Zeitgeist have proven, some skeptics aren’t at all interested in having their questions answered. They are content with promoting a type of hyperskepticism that serves their presuppositions and is impervious to any previous history.
Beware that this sort of incurable skepticism will make its way to a city near you… if it isn’t already there.