AUG 2013 – To be or not to be Spartan

TO BE OR NOT TO BE SPARTAN

The movie ‘300’ (not to be confused with 1962’s ‘The 300 Spartans’) is a retelling of the legendary battle between the Spartans and Persians, around 480 B.C.

Early on we get a glimpse of the emphasis placed on young males, since most are destined to become soldiers. Only the ‘hand picked’ were allowed to survive after birth, and the fate of the rejected is portrayed in a scene in which a newborn is discarded on a hillside. As the camera moves outward we see a mountain of (infant) corpses, illustrating the sheer volume of these abandoned humans.

I found that scene particularly disturbing because of what it depicted: An innocent child condemned to death, then casually abandoned and left to perish among the dead. Obviously they were able to justify this cruel, perpetual practice. Thankfully we are a far more civilized people who wouldn’t do such a thing.

No, wait—we actually do! It’s called abortion, a practice in which an ‘unwanted pregnancy’ is ‘terminated’ (defined as “…the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy; any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months; any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion.’). Different methods, similar intent: The disregard of the unwanted.

(The Romans also abandoned newborns outside of the city, albeit for different reasons.)

Yet despite the similarities, there are notable differences. For instance, the Spartan’s wanted to weed out the ‘unfit’ for the sake of military might. We discard them for more personal reasons, like being ‘unplanned.’

The Spartans abandoned live newborns on a pile of corpses; we kill them before birth and dispose of them in a more ‘dignified’ medical waste receptacle. And when an intended victim of abortion actually survives the procedure, they struggle for life in a ‘sanitary’ environment before dying—which is certainly better than lying among decomposing corpses.

Abortion doctors are medical professionals, not hardened, battle-trained soldiers. George Tiller was undoubtedly genteel by comparison, except for the nickname ‘Tiller the Baby Killer.’ I’m sure that most abortionists are generally good people who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Lucky flies.

Yet even in the sanitized, shiny world of legalized abortion there are ‘exceptions’ like Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who was arrested and tried for murder after the remains of late-term abortions, such as body parts in jars and bags in the freezer, were discovered at his office. Incredibly, there was a near total media blackout on one of the most horrific cases in recent history. Apparently many in our ‘news’ media do not find such things to be ‘news.’

Unlike in ancient Greece, it’s illegal kill a person once they leave a mother’s womb. However, Partial Birth Abortion (a procedure that Gosnell practiced, although currently outlawed), comes pretty doggone close! You ‘partially’ deliver a child by leaving the head in the birth canal, jam scissors into the base of the skull and suck their brains out through the incision, causing the head to collapse, then deliver the dead baby. In my humble opinion that’s as heartless and cold-blooded as you can get, and yet there are those who seek to lift the ban on this ‘procedure.’

Perhaps they have a finger on the pulse of America. Just under half of the public—up from the low 40’s just over 10 years ago—finds the intentional destruction of preborn children acceptable, although in varying degrees. The reality is that every act of abortion seeks to destroy a viable human being, and we’ve had over 40 years of this Spartan-like disregard for human lifeGranted, the abortion lobby hides behind misleading terms and rhetoric designed to deceive, but I think the truth about abortion speaks loud enough for itself and we ought not ignore it.

The mere suggestion of killing unwanted human beings ought to spark overwhelming public outrage, yet we reelected a president whose whose first act was to reverse the Mexico City Policy so that tax money can (again) pay for abortions south of our borders, and whose most recent campaign centerpiece was the legal protection of, and access to, abortion and contraceptives (including the chemical contraceptives). Mr. Obama is the fist sitting president to deliver a speech to Planned Parenthood, all the while completely ignoring the trial of abortion practitioner Gosnell.

I guess I’m really wondering who we are as a society, and what that really says about us apart from fluffy speeches about civility and brotherly love when 3,000 preborn children each and every day in America are intentionally destroyed. Just under 56 MILLION were killed by abortion to date—a number so great that it seems almost impossible to fathom! Keep in mind that this is only what we know of based on reported abortions, a kind of honor system if you will, and not all states are obliged to report them.

Unfortunately, this is merely the tip of the iceberg! In a LifeNews.com article released in April 2013 (click here to read), Dr. Brian Clowes, director of education and research at Human Life International estimates that:

…There have been more than 1.72 BILLION abortions over the last 40 years, a trend that is not lessening but growing exponentially as more and more countries embrace and legalize contraception and abortion as methods of population control, which is always sold as ‘family planning’ and ‘reproductive health.'”

Abortion has tragically taken root worldwide and the bodies are really piling up, even if metaphorically speaking. I wonder how massive our own ‘mountain of dead’ would be? And would it make a difference if we could actually see those victims, rather than being some nameless, faceless ‘choice?’ 

Have we have slid too far down this slippery slope of decline to turn back now? I don’t believe so, and we have made much progress through legislative victories. The tides are slowly turning and abortion numbers overall are decreasing in America. But it’s a painfully slow progress that’s hard to watch as millions of unwanted humans continue to die, until we all come to grips with the abortion reality.

One such victory for the preborn was the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act that made it unlawful to deny ‘life sustaining care’ to the survivors of failed abortions. While Gosnell and Tiller may be so-called ‘anomalies’ within the abortion industry, the idea that any doctor would abort a viable human fetus for whatever reason, or medical personnel deny care to a struggling abortion survivor, is just as disturbing.

Still, we remain almost equally divided as some passionately fight for the legal protection of all human life, and especially preborn children, and some fight to legally protect and expand abortion practices and access.

Its high time to face up to that mountain of dead. Nothing has killed more humans than abortion; the brutal attack on our most innocent and vulnerable, the preborn person. Let’s keep marching onward and upward so that this barbaric and inhumane practice will soon be as far behind us as ancient Sparta. 

 

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