I just read a chilling article that was published this week in the Yale Daily News. Students there were treated to a “a week-long celebration of the 35th anniversary” of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. The week’s events included mock abortions using papayas and a performance by a comedy troupe.
It is unthinkable that students at one of America’s elite universities would treat abortion so flippantly, but they did. Here’s the relevant excerpt:
Students who walked into WLH 119 on Tuesday night were greeted with models of the female pelvis complete with fallopian tubes, cervixes, vaginas â€” and papayas on which to perform mock abortions. . .
The presenters began by showing the students different surgical tools used during different stages of a pregnancy and ticking off statistics about the safety and number of abortions performed in the United States. Eighty-five percent of counties in America do not have any abortion providers, Evans said.
Evans and Rasha Khoury MED ’08, another member of Medical Students for Choice, who said she plans to become a gynecologist and expects to perform abortions, went on to describe one of the most common abortion procedures, manual vacuum aspiration, which “creates suction to evacuate pregnancy,” Evans said. The technique is a good option because the device involved is reusable and relatively cheap, she said.
“It’s not as scary as it seems. It’s just blood and mucus,” Khoury said, referring to the fetus remains in the device. She added, “You’ll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just miniscule.”
Evans and Khoury also explained the finer points of abortion-clinic etiquette, including some potentially sensitive terminology. Khoury said physicians performing abortions generally refer to the aborted fetus remains as “POC,” an acronym for “product of conception,” and refer to fetus’ hearts as “FH.”
The most complicated part of the procedure can be the emotional fallout some patients experience, she said.
“Often times, women are crying and cursing and saying they’re going to hell,” Khoury said. “It may be a quick and easy medical procedure, but it definitely is a very involved social-medical procedure.”
The moral bankruptcy of this kind of talk speaks for itself. There is absolutely no attempt at all to acknowledge the humanity of unborn babies. They are dismissed casually as “just blood and mucus” or “fetus” or “product of conception.” The would-be abortionists invoke absurd circumlocutions and euphemisms so as to avoid what is obvious to everyone reading. These are human babies who are being killed.
One is far gone into the darkness of pro-abortion thinking when one can say the following in public with no compunction whatsoever: “You’ll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just miniscule.”
Apparently, this kind of talk was too much even for Yale University because the article was removed from the paper’s website without explanation (see here). I had to get the story from a copy on the “Free Republic” website.
Al Mohler commented on the article on his radio show yesterday. You can listen to it here.[audio:http://www.sbts.edu/MP3/totl/2008/AMP_01_24_2008.mp3]