Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Life, Pro - and Con -. Those Darn White House E-Mails

Mitt Romney and the anti-choice Right wingers have a problem, even if they don't realize it. Their problem is that their rhetoric about the protection of human life from its very inception butts up against common practices taking place nationwide - in Red states as well as Blue.

The problem is this: if destroying any human life at any stage of gestation is tantamount to murder, than any doctor or nurse who performs an abortion is a de facto murderer. He or she should obviously be arrested, tried, and, if found guilty, sentenced to an appropriate sentence for premeditated murder (In the pro-life state of Texas, national superstar in the game of executing its prisoners, the death penalty is a favored punishment. So much for pro-life).

Now, most Americans can wrap their brains around that idea; that if abortion law were reversed, performing one would once again be a crime. Fine.

But what about other human lives, the ones discarded by fertility clinics? It is common knowledge that when a woman seeks in vitro fertilization, multiple eggs are fertilized and frozen. One or more are implanted in the woman's uterus, and away goes the process of life. Leftover embryos are kept for a period of time and then discarded.

Put another way, hundreds of thousands of frozen babies are murdered each year.

Now, I don't have numbers to back me up, but common sense tells me that, while there are whole states or even regions of the U.S. where abortion is completely unavailable, fertility clinics abound in even the staunchest anti-choice environs.

The Republican problem is that, as their intolerance for abortion brings the nation closer and closer to illegalizing abortion once again, lots of other people who destroy human embryos in the process of fertility treatment must needs be redefined as murderers. Even keeping the embryos frozen could be seen as some type of kidnapping; should social service agencies therefore be tasked to investigate fertility clinics to ensure that babies (very tiny, frozen ones) are not abused, neglected?

If destroying an embryo or fetus is murder, then we're going to need lots and lots of jail space for all the fertility specialists and scientists, and childless women and couples will just have to do without babies. Who in his right mind would provide them with one?

Another word on the White House Email Scandal:

When I said, "keep an eye on those e-mails because they will be incendiary," or words to that effect, I underestimated Karl Rove's willingness to brazenly defy the law and stare down anyone who suggests consequences for breaking long-established rules and laws, including those protecting presidential records from destruction.

I should have known that a group of people who would lie about nonexistent threats to get us into a war from which we can never be extricated, then lie about those lies, then lie further about almost anything and everything, would do anything they felt like doing.

The Bush administration is a cadre of criminals. This is a fact, whether they ever get their due. From lying about WMDs and Saddam's involvement in 9-11, to outing a secret agent, to running secret prisons and torture facilities, to domestic warrantless spying... where will it end?

It will only end when the administration ends.

Will there be justice?

Anyone's guess. But if the missing ingredient is courage from the Left, I'm not holding my breath.


Mr Fergal O'Neill said...

Abortion is one large part of what is the present Culture of Death.
Anything that brings about the artificial / premeditated death of a human being after conception and before natural death is part of this culture.

The Culture of Death unfortunalely is bigger than just abortion.

DW said...

Thanks, Fergal.

I agree that we in America currently dwell in the lap of Death -- any country with a military budget greater than all other nations' of the world combined, while hundreds of thousands of its own citizens have no access to medical care at all, is obviously on some sort of orgiastic death trip.

We're also dying sooner than the rest of the western world and have generally higher infant-mortality rates than our European allies. And let's not even get into how many people die in America each year from gun violence. Let's leave all that death for another time.

After the war in Iraq ended and the occupation began, the killing really ratcheted up, but in the words of - was it Bachman Turner Overdrive? - we "ain't seen nothin' yet."

No doubt about it: abortion ends the life of the fetus, embryo, zygote, blastocyte - pick your own term. "Baby," if you will. Incorrect and unscientific, but I guess it's allowable. Even if you can fit 1,000 microscopic human embryos in one spoon, they're still babies - if you insist.

I shudder to think what the so-called "Christians" running our government have cooked up for the future. A trumped-up nuclear war with Iran, perhaps, or maybe more efficient techniques for spying on Americans without warrants? Better torture technique so that when people are taken from their homes by the Americans, go missing, and turn up dead in the dark of a Baghdad night, there are fewer marks on the corpse?

So to all my readers, Fergal O'Neil stands proudly with the Gun-Toting Liberal on the main point of our times: killing is bad. Nice to have you on board!

One point I'd like to address, Fergal: my post, which you didn't directly address, was about frozen embryos. Answer me this:

Is disposing of leftover embryos murder or not? If so, are we going to let thousands of murderers roam the country posing as fertility specialists?

If abortion is murder then what about miscarriage resulting from strenuous activity, alcohol use, or complications from prescription or illegal drugs, all choices made by pregnant women all the time?

What exactly do you want to DO to end the "culture of death"?