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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wonder Drug . . . That Comes at a Terrible Price

Just when you think the world can suffer no deeper depravity than what has already taken place, the world surprises yet again.

Witness this report from South Korea where customs officials recently seized pills made from the dried flesh of aborted children from China (here). Labeled as “stamina boosters” or “rejuvenation pills” the tablets are reportedly used “to enhance sexual performance” (here).

As Pundit & Pundette wryly notes (here) “But of course.  It's like the circle of life.  Well, not life, exactly, but with 13 million abortions a year [in China], dead baby is definitely a renewable resource.”

In his Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift recommended that the severe poverty in Ireland could be relieved by selling the young children of the poor to the wealthy for consumption.

“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.”

What Swift intended as satire in the 18th century has been realized as tragedy in the 21st century with one difference.  Apparently the best use for the remains of dead children isn’t as a source of nutrition for adults but as a drug to enhance sexual virility.

This is yet another of the many wrongs committed by abortion.  The act of abortion not only takes the life of the unborn child, the legal recognition of this act also denies the child his or her very humanity, and with it the dignity that is integral to membership in the human family.  With the commodification of his or her remains, the aborted child has no dignity even in death.

The drug made from the dried flesh of dead human children may work wondrous results, but it comes a price . . . the price is one’s soul, and the soul of our culture.

Doubtless should a second term of the Obama administration become a reality Secretary Sebelius will find that “health” reasons necessitate the inclusion of this wonder pill on the HHS’s list of approved drugs that employers must make available to their employees.  And with the promotion of certain “preventive health services” by Sebelius and Obama’s HHS, the pills may even be available for “free” since these services will help ensure a ready supply of domestically produced raw materials.  (The legal reform of health care, you see, is all about cost savings!).

As we know from the current debate over the HHS contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate, what is advertised as “free” may come at a terrible price.  The price of the current mandate is the loss of religious freedom.  The price of the “rejuvenation pills” made from the flesh of aborted children is the loss of human dignity – for the children, for the consumers of such pills, and for all of us.


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