Friday, August 03, 2007

Face the Truth

At my job, we need to have television sets tuned to all the local channels in case there are any traffic problems that arise. On one of them one afternoon last week, a daytime soap opera depicted rather graphically a man and woman getting it on in an office bathroom. (Remember when the most Star Trek could show for Kirk having a tryst with some alien babe was candles burning down?)

That scene will probably result in yawns, especially now that the moral bar has been lowered sufficiently to the point that nothing is all that objectionable anymore. So I cannot understand all the self-righteous hoo-ha that ensues every year when the pro-life Face the Truth tour comes through my area, showing graphic pictures of what aborted fetuses babies look like (see a couple at the link above).

I realize that many even in the pro-life movement don't support the FtT mission, saying it's too negative or disturbing. I say disturb away, afflict the comfortable with these pictures. They're real. Remember that the liberators of the Nazi concentration camps knew that they had to get pictures to bolster the prosecution of the war crimes trials. Granted, no one's standing on corners showing those pictures, but there's plenty of people around who are denying the Holocaust. Just ask Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for one. Those concentration camp photos are still necessary. (I still need to get to the Holocaust Museum in DC, BTW.)

So, too, are the pictures of aborted babies. To use a cliche, "it is what it is." One day, we will wake up and see abortion for what it is: a tragedy that leaves one dead and one wounded. Until then, efforts like FtT are necessary.

Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America (the latter no longer even using the term "abortion" anymore) would rather you ignore those FtT photos. Nope, never happens. Never like that. Abortion doesn't look anything like it. Just like a checkup while "adult contemporary" music plays in the background. Ick.

And as this Sun article says, Maryland is arguably the staunchest supporter of the right to kill babies. If that's the case, why should PP and NARAL even be worried about what FtT is up to?

Me, I weep for my state. That's why FtT is so necessary. Good work, Jack Ames and company.

In a related story, Marybeth Hagan raises an important question or two about the terminology surrounding the gruesome discovery of four dead infants in Ocean City also during this week. Somebody needs to consult the AP Stylebook.


Marybeth T. Hagan said...

Thanks for the link to my post "A Matter of Life and Linguistics."

Regarding the AP Stylebook -- very funny! :)

Your point about the Face the Truth tour is well taken.

I also appreciated your aside about NARAL's name change (minus the word "abortion"), for it is a point that I made in my book.

Did you know that NARAL has changed its name four times since its earliest days?

The group's moniker makeovers include: National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (accurate), National Abortion Rights Action League (still accurate), National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (except there's nothing reproductive about abortion) and NARAL Pro-Choice America (after 911 -- slick and sick).

Deception wears many disguises.