Skip to comments.Murder ... So What? Film Reveals Growing Callousness to Abortion
Posted on 12/01/2004 6:58:44 AM PST by NYer
(AgapePress) - "[A]t the end of the day, the truth is that when you perform an abortion you are killing something," said Dr. David Molloy of the Australian Medical Association.
For pro-lifers, that is a statement of the obvious. But what if you were confronted with the full horror of what that death represented -- and still didn't care? Is it possible that pro-abortionists could finally admit that abortion is murder, but then collectively shrug their shoulders?
That seems to be the case after the release of a British documentary entitled My Fetus, which aired in Britain in April, and then in Australia in August. The documentary contains footage of an unborn baby being sucked out of a mother's womb, shows dismembered babies -- one of whom is being rinsed in a sieve -- and other remains being carefully put back together in order to ensure that no body parts were left in Mommy's tummy.
The film is apparently staggering in its emotional impact. One pro-abortion journalist, Lauren Booth of the Daily Telegraph (London), who has herself had an abortion, watched the documentary and was stunned. "My hand flew to my mouth in shock," she said. "I swallowed. I didn't want to say it, but the word 'murder' came to my lips."
There is tremendous irony involved here, however, because My Fetus was not made by pro-lifers. It is the work of pro-abortion activist and filmmaker Julia Black, daughter of Tim Black, who heads up Britain's largest abortion provider. Black had her own abortion when she was 21.
So what was her reason for making such a film? She told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that it was to "reclaim the most powerful weapon the anti-abortion groups currently have -- the fetus and the baby." Black wanted pro-abortionists to be faced with the gruesome reality of what they were advocating -- in order to better defend it. Certainly not apologize for it.
What's truly horrifying is Black's apparent indifference to the gruesome reality of what her film presents all too clearly. In an interview with ABC's Tony Jones, Black said the idea of "dismembering a baby and pulling it out in pieces ... is obviously horrific. But at the same time, it is easy to get caught up in that emotion."
Later she told a newspaper, "I can take on board the emotional significance, but I still really do believe it's my right and I don't regret my abortion and I would never say I would never have one again."
It's one thing for someone to advocate abortion in ignorance of what is being done to an unborn child, or even to support abortion while refusing to look at the nature of the act. But how does one stare dismemberment in the face and simply shrug?
A similarly abhorrent attitude was expressed nonchalantly in the U.S. by another pro-abortion evangelist, Amy Richards. A feminist activist and author, an abortion rights advocate who has worked with Planned Parenthood, and a co-founder of a feminist organization that has financed abortions, Richards recounted in The New York Times Magazine how she handled the news that she was pregnant -- with triplets.
"I'd have to give up my life," Richards thought after getting the bad news. "[N]ow I'm going to have to move to Staten Island. I'll never leave my house because I'll have to care for these children. I'll have to start shopping only at Costco [a wholesale club] and buying big jars of mayonnaise."
Her decision? She asked her obstetrician: "Is it possible to get rid of one of them? Or two of them?" When told that an abortion specialist could, in fact, perform a "selective reduction," Richards agreed.
Her boyfriend balked before the deed was done, however. Richards recounted: "But Peter was staring at the sonogram screen thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, there are three heartbeats. I can't believe we're about to make two disappear.'"
It mattered not to Richards. She waved off her boyfriend's request that they at least consider having the triplets, and Richards proceeded to have two unborn children aborted.
The deaths of two innocent children, of course, is deplorable enough. But again, as in the case of Black, it is the ruthlessness exhibited by Richards that is most chilling. As one woman wrote to the editors at The New York Times, "Of all the reasons for having an abortion, I never thought that the prospect of living in Staten Island and shopping at Costco would be among them."
Just how hardened to suffering and our own iniquity can our hearts become? It seems likely that pro-abortionists will continue to plumb hell's depths before being able to provide an answer to that one.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems to have been Kerry's stance on abortion in the last election. And Daschle's too. Life begins at conception, but it's okay to kill it for just about any reason.
Good Lord! If we can't get caught up in that emotion, when SHOULD we get caught up?
I can field dress a deer but I don't know if I could watch this film.
Yes. That seems to be the opinion of some people I know.
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What a nutty statement from a fruitcake. Kerry was good for a laugh, it was always fun to hear what stupid things he would say. I really am surprised he didn't come out with more zingers in the debates, but he had his "notes" didn't he.
Any way we could get that documentary shown over here in the U.S.? Who would have the guts to broadcast it? Who in their right mind could endorse abortion after seeing such an atrocity?
After reading this I think we're living on the threshold of the Apocalypse and developing a callousness for murdering unseen victims is a warm up exercise for what lies in the near future.
I can handle images of war, but watching an abortion procedure? I'd throw up and have nightmares.
Now can we start arresting these wicked, cruel animals and lock them away? Please?
Would anyone defend this attitude from the mother of triplets who have been born? "Oh, three is just too much of a hassle! Why, I'll have to shop at Costco! I think I'll have two of them put down. Whaddaya say, Mr. Obstetrician?" Heaven help us if there are growing numbers of mothers who think this way!
I almost got sick reading it. I cant read this stuff anymore.
There were probably Germans in 1944 who were saying something along the lines of "shooting, hanging, gassing, and burning millions of Jews, Gypsies, and other untermenschen is obviously horrific. But at the same time, it is too easy to get caught up in that emotion."
Either way you're still talking with heartless fascist bastards.
As horrible as abortion is, it is only a symptom of the moral decadence that pervades American and Western European society. If conservatives fail to "conserve" and act like 1970s-era liberals, we will see euthanasia of both seniors and unwanted children under the age of two, homosexual marriage in all 50 states, and the elimination of the age of consent for sexual activities. Will the "conservatives" of 2025 then be fighting against polygamy, snuff films, human sacrifice, and the illegalization of Biblically based Christian churches and institutions?
God help us!
It's probably not indifference. . .I suspect it's actually barely contained joy.
There is, in this statement, an unspoken truth. Namely that women who have abortions dispel the myth of the female as the most nurturing and caring parent of the two sexes.
The facts that only women can have an abortion, coupled with the 40+ million unborn who have been murdered in abortion mills since Roe, plus the lack of mass murder of the unborn before Roe was legalized, can attest to this.
It is a fact that men kill babies, but generally not their own of whom they are mostly protective. It seems then that men, on balance, are actually the most caring of the two sexes.
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