WH: A Full Human Being You Can Kill at Will – UPDATE

Oh, Irony

The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child—still residing in utero—must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

White House Visitors Office director Ellie Schafer sent an email to a Capitol Hill staffer Tuesday morning explaining the process for registering an unborn fetus for a White House tour:

We have received a number of calls regarding how to enter security information for a baby that has not yet been born.

Crazy as it may sound, you MUST include the baby in the overall count of guests in the tour. It’s an easy process.

You have to count your unborn child as a full human being if you want to tour the White House. That’s fine. Security, right? Maybe you don’t have a baby in there, maybe you have a bomb.

I just think it’s good that the answer to this question is fully, finally, and forever, on the record, by the authority of the White House Visitors Office: an unborn child is a full human being.

It follows, therefore, that abortion is the willful killing of a full human being. A full, whole human being, not an abstraction.

Good to know. I’m so glad that’s finally cleared up. I’m not going to argue with the White House, are you?

UPDATE: An explanation of the policy, here. It explains, but does not make it any less ironic.

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  • Peggy m

    I am glad that Ms. Schafer refers to “the baby”—twice. No slippery lingo there.

  • http://www.catholiccollision.com Trena

    Such irony.

    A shoe is a shoe, a baby is a baby. Our country is being led by people who just don’t want to get it.

  • Romulus

    The death culture has advanced to a point at which euphemisms are no longer needed. It’s good that the truth is being acknowledged, but when that truth no longer has the power to upset the squeamish, things are very bad indeed.

  • http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com Sherry

    So as long as you don’t see them, and no one else can see them, you can destroy them at will. Got it.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Add this to the list of hypocrisies. It gives me hope that one day abortion will no longer be legal. As Trena says, a baby is a baby.

  • John

    I hate to bear bad news but… just as with slavery, the debate has never been about the humanity of the unborn (or slave). It’s always been on the legal recognition of that human being as a legal person.

    Nazis didn’t consider Jews to be non-human. They knew they were human alright. They just insisted they had no rights.
    Communists didn’t think the Kulaks weren’t human. They knew they were human. They just insisted that they had no rights independent of the State.

    And so abortionists today: they know full well the unborn are human. It’s just that they don’t accept that these fellow human beings have any human rights.

    So it’s not that they “don’t know”. It’s that they don’t agree and are willing to use the entire power of the federal government to impose their world view on anyone who they feel is threatening to their power “to chose”.

  • Oregon Catholic

    Absolutely right John. And I have yet to hear anyone make a convincing argument for selecting any timepoint after conception as the legal or even scientific definition of when a fetus becomes a human being deserving of human rights protections. It always boils down to a subjective opinion.

  • Peggy m

    You are right, John, but it is refreshing and strange to see a directive from a pro-choice administration that refers to the unborn child as “the baby”. Heck, not only that—here the baby is actually being asked to stand up (figuratively) and be counted. All the usual obfuscating double talk and 1984-ish argot (“products of conception”) is missing.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Our society has gone completely crazy.

  • Teri D

    Abortion has never been about women’s reproductive health–since when is pregnancy a disease, anyway? It’s always been about the demonic desire to implement a state-operated eugenics program, created on the myth of overpopulation. Lies and deception have always been part of this lawless law, right from the beginning. Pregnant women have always known that the baby in utero is a living human being. Whenever a woman suffers a miscarriage, does she grieve the loss of a fetus? Of course not. She and her family and friends grieve the loss of a BABY.

  • http://egregioustwaddle.blogspot.com/ Joanne K McPortland

    “Crazy as it may seem, you MUST include the baby . . .”

    It only seems crazy to people who think it’s crazy to let your life include a baby.

    [Yeah, I caught that too. I doubt the writer was self-aware enough to realize what she said. Perhaps she was thinking in terms of abortion or not thinking at all. I dunno...-admin]

  • Steve Colby

    I shared your post, and a friend offered this clarification:

    The policy is designed for those rare instances in which a pregnant woman’s White House tour is scheduled near, or after, her due date, several officials familiar with the policy explained to Yahoo News. That’s because if Mom, Dad, and Son registered to be cleared by the Secret Service, but Mom, Dad, Son, and Little Sis’ show up at the White House, their security clearance is out of whack. And good luck getting the Secret Service to babysit. “All White House tour guests, regardless of age, are required to provide identification information as part of the tour request. This includes children and infants,” according to Secret Service Spokesman Brian Leary.

    “In the particular instance of an infant yet to be born at the time of the tour request, if they are expected to participate in the tour parents are expected to provide basic information as a placeholder,” he told Yahoo News by telephone. “This placeholder information must be updated after the birth of the child and prior to the tour.”

  • Bob Sacamano

    Pretty well debunked here: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/08/national-right-life-committee/obama-white-house-security-unborn-babies/

    Ed Donovan, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said people misunderstood the email. Schafer’s email, he said, was an explanation of how to fill out information for pregnant women who will bring their new baby on future White House tours.

    “This refers to a pregnant woman providing information for a tour in the future that will include the new family member. So when a 7-month pregnant woman is providing information for a tour that is 4 months in the future, there is a ‘place holder’ for the new baby,” Donovan wrote in an email.

    [Thanks, someone else also brought that up. It still doesn't change the fact that a baby is here being regarded as a full human being, here. It explains, but it doesn't change the irony. -admin]

  • Peggy M

    Yes, the explanation still admits that the unborn child is a baby, including those babies who are usually described in “host/parasite” terms by the pro-choice crowd.

    The White House is not asking the expectant mother to fill out the form to include her parasite, or her blob of tissue, or her products of conception.