#The Unborn . . . .
Fetus: An unborn offspring, from the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after conception, when the major structures have formed) until birth.
Several years ago, we sat in a room as excited parents who were expecting our first child. Nevertheless, that quickly changed when our doctor explained to us during an ultrasound, that we had lost him/her. We were both devastated, but both Jana and I took the grief differently. For me, our unborn child was always a possibility that never became a reality. For Jana, our unborn child was a life that had been lost. Jana took a week to grieve, mourn, and pray for the life that was never going to be.
Recently, several videos have been released on social media regarding Planned Parenthood’s disposal process of #TheUnborn.
The current controversy does not centralize around abortion clinics, women’s rights, or even the timing of the abortion. The crux of the issue revolves around what happens with the fetus/baby body after termination from the mother. Abortion views, religious beliefs, and political stances cannot ignore the fact that when a fetus is terminated, possible life is terminated.
So, here’s the question that I am currently wrestling with. Do/should I care about what happens to the remains of the #TheUnborn?
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases,” Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, said in a statement, “Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, …… Ferrero added. “In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”
Believe me when I say that I understand the need for medical advancements and breakthroughs. In my life, I have had all of my grandparents pass away, my father die of cancer when I was a teenager, my first child being lost through a miscarriage, and the only daughter I have being diagnosed with Down syndrome. I am an advocate for medical discoveries and development. However, is it okay for our society to advance their research by using the unborn? The medical community and our society would say, absolutely yes! Mr. Ferrero was even able to draw positive correlations between patients donating tissue and fetuses that benefit from that research. But of course, there is one major difference. When someone makes a choice to donate their organs, they are making that choice. The unborn, however, have no choice, because they are simply unwanted and discarded.
Should a woman have the choice to terminate their pregnancy? That is not the question that troubles me regarding this issue. What bothers me is that doctors will alter abortion techniques to get the best viable specimen for research. I have benefited from a vaccination that was originally developed through aborted fetus tissue. And in the future, my life might be saved through aborted fetus/baby medical breakthroughs. But when we support the process described by Mr. Ferrero, we are selfishly benefiting from the aborted while stripping their rights to life.
Choosing to have an abortion is a difficult decision. I cannot imagine the agony that is involved when making that choice. But, an abortion does end a possible life. Should we then take that unwanted life and use it for our own benefit? Should we be using a loss of life, which never had a voice, to advance our medical society? We state this is a great thing because the bodies of the aborted can be used to benefit our society. We can justify, we can cure, we can advance medically, but remember, someone we deemed unwanted in this world, contributed to your “greater good”. Like most things in life, there are things/people we forfeit for the betterment of our future.
Unfortunately, the sacrifices we are using are precious lives that never took their first breaths, but were deemed “useful” for you to live a longer life . . . .