Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth demonstrates the same cold-hearted sentiments as Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and her accomplices in the abortion industry ("For the abortion industry, the question of when life begins doesn't matter," Web, March 21). Here we have the irony that a mother, that figure traditionally deemed the epitome of a caring, nurturing person, who turns her back on the most vulnerable. Yet reason tells us abortion is the absolute antithesis of motherhood, a perversion of the finest feminine instincts.
Planned Parenthood might argue that in "Macbeth," Lady Macbeth's baby lives. Ms. Richard's pathetic waffling on what constitutes life shows her unable or unwilling to accept the testimony of science. Instead, she buys into a Lady Macbeth-style aberration. After all, why should science count when so many dollars are at stake? Since 1973, more deaths have occurred during abortions than during both world wars combined, and that's what makes Planned Parenthood a billion-dollar industry. Perhaps we should congratulate Planned Parenthood for its supreme go-for-the-jugular example of the capitalistic impulse. Their brand of big money has no conscience.
Indeed, conscience — or lack thereof — is the crux of the issue. It's amazing how this organization can twist words and minds. Worthy of Orwellian double speak, Planned Parenthood lists abortion under "women's reproductive heath." The group never concedes that more than health is at stake with a "terminated" baby. Notice, too, that "terminated" is a euphemism for "murdered."
One is reminded of "The Emperor's New Clothes," the tale in which everyone can see but no one wants to acknowledge the emperor's nakedness. While the reality is obvious, officialdom is in denial, and like a child covering his ears, people close their eyes to the uncomfortable truths and create laws to perpetuate an illusion.
As Jeanneane Maxon so ably quotes George Washington, "Truth will ultimately prevail."
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