Beyond the Cusp

May 22, 2013

The ‘A’ Responses to Pregnancy

If the question was put to a thousand Americans what word beginning with the letter ‘A’ they associate with unwanted pregnancy the vast majority, if not every single one, would most likely respond abortion. As a Western society with what has come to be considered a metropolitan attitude in which anything that causes life to become troublesome must have an easy resolution which frees the citizen from any responsibility for their actions. In the case of what is euphemistically called an unwanted pregnancy, the easy, no fuss, no muss answer is to get an abortion and presto, no more pregnancy. Abortion was presented as the simple and neat way to avoid one of the consequences of having unprotected sexual encounters which, of course, are nobody’s fault as such can occur to any woman at a moment’s notice.

 

Abortion came to the fore as the responsible way to resolve the situation of an unwanted pregnancy replacing its predecessor, adoption. But the modern metropolitan answer to pregnancy in the new, no responsibility, fast paced, immediate resolution of all problems had to find an instant, microwave fast resolution to pregnancy that did not require actually going full term and giving birth to a baby then giving the child up for adoption. Adoption was too messy and required the consequence of carrying the pregnancy for the full nine months and might even cause the unthinkable, ruin a girlish figure. Not in this modern world was it even thinkable to make a woman carry a baby to term just because she and her interest of a moment had pleasured each other without bothering to take precautions which might have actually delayed such actions and possibly even ruined the mood which drove the desire for such actions. Thus, adoption was out and abortion was in. Everything was now sped up to keep pace in the no consequence, fast paced, modern metropolitan world.

 

The ghastly, repulsive, repugnant details of what abortion is in reality was glossed over by changing the argument to make pregnancy resolution simply a choice and the zygote or fetus, dependent on length of pregnancy before detection, was minimalized and dehumanized into being nothing more than a collection referred to as a cellular mass. Everything about the actual pregnancy had to be redefined into a non-humanized, new world, metropolitan denotation which masked the entirety of what was actually occurring. But that is all falling apart and in the coming months this wondrous clean metropolitan lifestyle is going to have to face some very unpleasant and grizzly truths. The first shot across the bow was fired by the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The abortionist who kept jars with baby’s feet on his desk and other jars of various baby parts as mementoes decorating his clinic. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell ran a less than perfect clinic which lacked refinement, cleanliness, or observance of the law. Kermit Gosnell performed late term abortions beyond the legal limit, delivered live births and then performed what was referred to as clipping which severed the spinal cord at the base of the neck disconnecting the brain from the rest of the body. Every single horrific practice which one could imagine in their worst nightmare was a weekly occurrence in Kermit Gosnell’s clinic. Kermit Gosnell also preyed upon those women who really had nowhere reputable for them to turn to and were the most vulnerable in our society. This should make our indignation even more strident and purposeful for if our society does not protect the most vulnerable among us, what can be said to mitigate such callousness.

 

There are already the faint rumblings of even more Kermit Gosnells operating similarly grotesque abortion mills from other states. What we should fear but also prepare to face is a torrent of similar findings from numerous more cities and towns than we may care to admit, but that will not prevent witnesses from coming forward in the coming months. Initially the Kermit Gosnell case will be heard despite the near total media blackout and refusal to give this horrid and sordid case the attention deserved and that will start the first smattering of other such clinics being made known. The growing number of such clinics will force coverage from a reluctant media which will only serve to bring more cases into the light of day. We had best brace ourselves for the shocking horrors that are the truth about abortion as it will be coming into our consciences and there will be no way of avoiding the truth. The only honorable result of this entire sordid affair will hopefully be the awakening of our society to the actual truths about abortions and a return to a more sane approach to unwanted pregnancy and a return to the other ‘A’ answer, adoption. If the horrific witnesses testimony and horrifying evidence uncovered and brought before the courts and the public results in a renewed debate over the appropriateness of legal and easy abortion as an acceptable alternative for adoption, then some goodness may yet be salvaged from this shockingly graphic tale of criminal malfeasance. Maybe we as a society can demand that much of the needless expenses and overtly complicated legal forms and many layered administrative demands be streamlined and simplified and return adoption as the societal default answer to an unwanted pregnancy. Where our societal discussion went wrong was confusing the concept of an unwanted pregnancy with the fallacious concept that the child, which would result from the pregnancy going to term, would be equally unwanted. Nothing could be further from the truth as is witnessed by the long lists of people wishing to adopt and being circled around the system like an airplane at an overcrowded airport waiting for clearance to land. It is time our society weighed the truthful facts about abortion and gave equal consideration in the debate for adoption. If we prove to be half as civilized and removed from barbarism, then we will choose life over destruction, promise over regret and fulfillment of dreams over nightmares of hope dashed and kindness discarded.

 

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October 27, 2010

Planned Parenthood President Proves Insanity

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went beyond the pale in proving she has an attitude that sees only the darkness in humanity. She stated, “I think it’s important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money. So, an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don’t have children that they weren’t planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy. So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only it’s the right thing to do for women, it’s good for women it’s good for their health care, but it’s frankly good public policy.”

Obviously, Ms. Richards sees children solely as liability, not as endless opportunities and the best promises for the future. Her assumption is that the child from an unwanted, or more accurately, an inconvenient pregnancy as an unwanted child that it would benefit government to aid in its termination. Nothing could be further from the truth. With the vast numbers of parents, wishing to adopt and love a child makes it far more likely that these children would be raised in supportive, nurturing home and would likely become contributing members of society, not a burden upon society. My guess is this is the difference between the supporters of abortion on demand and those who favor life and the endless possibilities thus offered. Planned Parenthood and their ilk take a pessimistic view of the hope and chances for a child while the rest have faith in the future, the family, and most of all, in people and life. One can only feel sorry for Cecile Richards that the blessing of new life to her is seen only as a burden to be eliminated.

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October 15, 2010

Abortion, Tackling the Third Rail

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The two guarantees every editorialist, opinion-maker, or normal person can rely on is when speaking about abortion they will be scorned by half the people in general regardless of which side they take and there are only absolutes making it impossible to find any middle ground. The major problem with the arguments on abortion is terms mean different things for each side. Being adopted, I could have been personally affected had abortion been as freely available as it has come to be in today’s society. This, needless to say, does help to mold my opposition to abortion along with religious convictions as Judaism only allows for abortions when it is the only available option to save the life of the mother. Let me stress, for Jews abortion is not an option for the “health” of the mother, solely when her life is in severe danger and there is absolutely no other viable option. As anyone who has studied the figures from almost any scientific research into abortions knows, abortions done to save the life of the mother is almost statistically insignificant.

Let us look into some of the terms those who favor “choice, a audibly innocent and passive name whose meanings are twisted and mutilated to make abortion a less monstrously evil and damning reference. Why not start with “choice”. Where the abortion supporters, a woman is only able to make a choice after she has conceived and is pregnant. That implies that the woman had absolutely no control over her actions that led to her conceiving and becoming with child. My position, as with many in the abstinence camp, is that there is an earlier point in the process where a woman has a choice that she made that had she either taken precautions or simply avoided certain actions, then she could have avoided pregnancy. So, when the debate turns to abortion being a woman’s choice, it must be pointed out that there was a choice already made that led to her pregnancy and that is the choice where our societal influence needs to be focused. Only by putting the emphasis on choices made before conception will we make abortion rare, another misused reference by abortion advocates.

The simple lie made by those supporting legal abortion is that they wish to make abortions “rare”. If making abortions rare was really one of the results of policies, it would not be made free, paid for by taxpayers, including those for whom abortion is a sin and an abomination, readily available with clinics in most areas, totally removed from any social stigma, almost a badge of passing in some areas of our culture, and the known medical problems; psychological, emotional, physiological, and a proven higher chance of cancer developing later in life. The mantra chanted repeatedly by the abortion proponents of “Abortion should be free, safe, legal, and rare”, is not only a lie but counter-intuitive. Anything that is made “free, safe, and legal” is definitely not going to be “rare”, especially if it is made socially acceptable and a convenient way around personal responsibility.

The last phrase I will address is “We do not want women having unwanted babies.” There is no such thing as an unwanted baby, only a baby for whom an adoption has not been arranged. This is one of the subjects that government never wants to have entered into the abortion debate, the fact that adoption has been made rare in America while abortion has been made frequent. I have often said about abortion, when faced with an inconvenient pregnancy, don’t stop so early in the alphabet at words beginning with “AB”, just go slightly further into the “A” words to “AD” and use the adoption option. The problem is that adoption has become such an expensive, exhaustive, complicated, with so many requirements, legal definitions and conditions, and good old governmental red tape that the process now pretty much requires hiring a lawyer to help fight through the morass. Reportedly, the reason so many prospective adopting parents now seek to adopt from overseas is simplicity. It has become less burdensome to adopt a baby from Africa or Asia than to go through the rigmarole of governmental hoops, ladders and other obstacles. Current adoption procedures are another example of government taking over a once straightforward procedure usually handled by a religious charitable organization or group and turning it into a complex government run nightmare. You want to make abortion rare and less used option as the answer to an unwanted pregnancy, perhaps the best first step would be to take adoption out of the governmental process and return it to religious run or affiliated organizations making adoption safe, legal, frequent, and less expensive.

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