Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Soylent Green Reaction To The Use Of Aborted Fetal Tissue

Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are either selling or donating aborted fetal (baby) tissue to be used in medical research. Some are outraged over the possibility that this tissue is being sold rather than donated? It is a baby whose life has been taken, so what does it matter if it is donated or sold. I guess that if the tissue is sold, that is worse because it somehow conjures up images of grave-robbers selling off the gold teeth of the corpses they dig up. How, though, can selling the lung or liver of an unborn child be worse than taking its life in the womb? How can the desecration of the image of God in that child be any worse?

Not long ago I had a conversation with a person who, while they did not agree with abortion, also saw nothing wrong with the use of aborted fetal tissue being used to find a possible cure to Parkinson's and other diseases. They said, "Well, the tissue is there. Why not do something good with it?  Why not help someone?"

When I was a kid, growing up in the pre-streaming age, I watched every sci-fi movie and show that came on TV. One of the most fascinating and disturbing to me was one with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson called Soylent Green. It was set in a not-to-distant future when the greenhouse effect had rendered our earth almost uninhabitable. In this over-populated, starving world, assisted suicide had been legalized and institutionalized to end suffering and reduce the population. Soylent Green was a food fed to the people under the premise that it was made from the plankton found in the seas, but the seas had long ceased being able to produce the needed plankton. So, where did the Soylent Green that everyone ate come from?  It came from the recycled bodies of the dead who mostly came from the assisted suicide centers. When Heston's character discoved this, he cried out, "Soylent green is people!" You saw it coming, but you didn't want to see it coming. I remember how the movie disturbed my young mind and still does.

I've made it clear to my wife that if I ever get a disease that can only be cured through research or tissue derived from aborted babies, I will die of that disease. I could not live knowing my suffering had been lessened by the intrauterine suffering caused by the abortion of a preborn child. Only a self-focused, self-perpetuating, selfish world could institutionalize abortion, and only a society that has travelled far down that self-destructive path could use aborted baby tissue for anything other than a memorial service.

May God deliver us.