Saturday, August 1, 2015

Planned Parenthood’s profit motive

When Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, one possible explanation was men hijacked the plane and flew to a hidden location in China, where the passengers and crew were sold into slavery or harvested for their organs. Considering a single kidney goes for as much as $160,000 on the black market, the 239 passengers and crew aboard MH370 represented a $76 million crop in kidneys alone to enterprising entrepreneurs.

It goes without saying this is criminal and perverse. On the other hand, supposing human life has no supra-molecular value, this is merely suppliers meeting customers’ needs, and what’s the harm in that?

When South Park lampooned the stem cell research controversy by showing Christopher Reeve obtain super strength by literally slurping cells out of aborted fetuses, you couldn’t tell who the showrunners were making fun of. Were they mocking scientific dehumanization, the overhyped promises of stem cell research, or were they mocking pro-lifers’ fears of child commoditization (i.e., “these silly pro-lifers think scientists are eating babies”). Probably both.

The fears are not overblown. Let’s put our Francis Schaeffer caps on and consider the logical conclusion of pro-choicers’ premises. Pregnancy is like any other health emergency. The gestating baby is like a tumor, an unwelcome growth that can be removed to preserve the woman’s right to define her own concept of existence, to quote Anthony Kennedy in Panned Parenthood v. Casey. It’s a precious little angel if it fits her concept of existence, an excisable tumor if it violates her concept of existence. She has the right to circumcise life to preserve her uncircumcised will. Her will, in place of God’s, be done.

If we allow human life is secondary to female autonomy, how do we prevent life from becoming secondary to the profit motive? They’re impossible to parse because money buys autonomy. Money buys freedom to do what we want. Can we differentiate “She can’t have a baby because it’ll hurt her earnings outlook” from “I want a Lamborghini”?

For years pro-choicers tried to hide this barbarity. They tried to make the issue a debate about when life technically begins. They knew that was their hill to die on. There was no fallback option. If they lost that argument, their repulsive nihilism would be revealed, and they would lose public standing.

It has been revealed anyway, thanks to the Center for Medical Progress’s harrowing videos. If anything can be said in Planned Parenthood’s defense, it’s that they’re less greedy than black market kidney dealers. Then again, maybe the relatively low price of fetal “specimens” is just a matter of supply exceeding demand. Planned Parenthood’s 300,000 terminated babies every year qualifies as a glut.

Katie Geary writes at the Federalist:

In the second video, we find out explicitly from Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter that abortions performed with feticides aren’t viable for fetal-tissue donation. If digoxin is used, it renders the fetal stem cells unusable. (See the footage and the transcript.) Knowing this, Nucatola’s graphic explanation of how to “crush” unborn babies to maximize organ retrieval requires a clarifier. These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance—while still alive.

To Planned Parenthood, they’re not babies, they’re profit.

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