Saturday, April 17, 2010

Move over, Jonathan Swift

I admire good satire when I read it, it is so rare. When Jonathan Swift wanted to point out the fact that the English considered the Irish sub-human, he wrote "A Modest Proposal" which recommended that the English eat Irish children to shock the public into awareness of their own moral blindness.
”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 ...”

I do therefore humbly offer it to public consideration that of the hundred and twenty thousand children already computed, twenty thousand may be reserved for breed, whereof only one-fourth part to be males; which is more than we allow to sheep, black cattle or swine; and my reason is, that these children are seldom the fruits of marriage, a circumstance not much regarded by our savages, therefore one male will be sufficient to serve four females. That the remaining hundred thousand may, at a year old, be offered in the sale to the persons of quality and fortune through the kingdom; always advising the mother to let them suck plentifully in the last month, so as to render them plump and fat for a good table.
What is the differnce between fattening a child for slaughter to be eaten like a lamb, or cutting them up alive in their mother's womb and selling off their body parts for research? Or using their skin for lampshades, like the Nazis did with Holocaust victims?

Over at First Things,  wrote a piece about what a fetus can "do" to avoid a similar fate to the Irish children.
May our Lord have mercy on your poor fetal soul if you have the misfortune to possess a chromosomal abnormality. Once you make it out of the womb you can be filled to the brim with bile—indeed you can rape, pillage, plunder, and murder—and you’ll have people defending your right to live. But right now if they measure the fluid behind your neck using a nuchal scan and discover you have too much—well, you’re as good as dead. Such a test reveals that you may have the unforgivable condition of Down syndrome.
Of course, it's merely a figure of speech to plead God's mercy on the soul of the unborn babe with Down syndrome. Our Merciful Lord would never do anything but welcome such pure souls into heaven, whether or not they make it birth. I was told by a holy priest how fortunate I was to have a child who will never offend God. My job as a mother, which is to get her to heaven, is an easy one.
My job as a writer is to convince the rest of the world of the worth of children with Down syndrome. For this, I request the prayers of their patron saint, Sevant of God Dr Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the cause of Down syndrome and sought to cure it, not because they weren't good enough, but to save them from the abortionist's knife. His discovery of karotyping became the weapon used to identify and kill them, to his great distress.
This trend of 90% abortion of babies with Down syndrome can expected to increase to 100% under Obmacare, as it becomes seen as an economic necessity. What further chills this mother's heart is the potential scenario, predicted by Sarah Palin,  that medical treatment to those children already born may be denied, since the don't score high enough on the statistically based Quality of Life Years Scale QALY.

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