Thursday, April 14, 2005

Thrills and Chills

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,         
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

                — Robert Frost, Harper's magazine, December 1920
It is a noteworthy fact that not one of the women to whom I have spoken so far believes in abortion as a practice; but it is principle for which they are standing. They also believe that the complete abolition of the abortion law will shortly do away with abortions, as nothing else will.

                — Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Review, December 1920
Robert Frost was as right as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was wrong. I have seen the end of the world and it does perish twice.

The first time, it ended in desire—with the sexual revolution that destroyed marriages, corrupted children, and caused generations of youths to founder in a world where their value was based upon their ability to score and please a sexual partner.

The second time, the world perishes in ice—the ice-cold, antiseptic, lab-coated absolute-zero nothingness of no-fuss, no-muss murder. And once again, Margaret Sanger's army leads the charge.

"Emergency contraception," the morning-after pill, is the latest weapon in Planned Parenthood's assault on life, a means of abortion that is almost completely bloodless—no more messy than a period. (Don't worry; Planned Parenthood has a "cure" for that too.)

At the same time, Planned Parenthood's slogan since Sanger's days, "Every child a wanted child," takes on an ever-more negative meaning in the age of prenatal testing for genetic defects. Nurse Dee Moser of Muncie, Ind., a Planned Parenthood volunteer since the LBJ administration, makes the plaintive cry in an op-ed, "Don’t most of us want the same things? We want the birth of every child to be an occasion for joy and celebration."

That's why Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers quietly destroy 80 percent of all children in utero who have Down syndrome. The children would not, in their parents' and Planned Parenthood's eyes, be "an occasion for joy and celebration." Therefore, they deserve to die.

Imagine if the Planned Parenthood motto, as interpreted by Moser, were applied to the rest of humanity: "The life of every person should be an occasion for joy and celebration. If it's not, kill it."

Who decides whether a life is "wanted"? Nearly every person, on some level, wants life for himself or herself. If he doesn't, he is deemed ill, and society reaches out to help him want to live, not help him die.

At least, that was what the world was like before the ice came.