When We Practice To Deceive, Semantics and Redefining What Abortion is…

… I know it can be hard to talk about pro-life issues with someone who is adamantly pro-abortion. It’s an emotionally charged topic where logic and respect for differing opinions can get tossed out the window in favor of yelling and screaming. Having walked a hundred thousand miles in the shoes of a pro-abortion advocate I can indeed empathize, so I know arguing with someone is not the way. No, the most effective way to change minds on the issue is to show people what abortion really is and to educate them about human development.

That’s why I find those who deliberately spread misinformation about abortion particularly vile and contemptible …


“I’m not a real doctor. I only play one on TV.”

This image is a screen shot of Melissa Harris-Perry holding up a model fertilized egg and referring to it as a “thing”, further elaborating that if the “thing” is allowed to turn into a human it will cost a woman a lot of money. She then continues on to say that those who believe that thing she holds is a human have based their opinions on faith whether than science.

I know the story is over a month old, ancient in the internet world, but it continues to bother me. For several reasons I can’t let it go. The first being her deliberate wardrobe choice. Yes, I’m picking on her clothes.

It took me awhile to put my finger on it but then it hit me… she is intentionally trying to look like a medical professional. Go ahead, image search the word “doctor“.

Looking at her at face value in her lab-coat-white blazer and scrub colored blouse, those who don’t know better might assume she is a physician and think she actually knows what she’s talking about. This was her obvious intention. People trust doctors, not liberals with degrees in English and Political Science. She is deliberately practicing to deceive, using her wardrobe to subconsciously suggest a level of expertise she does not possess.

The second thing I want to address is this popular, albeit misguided, notion that person-hood is defined by faith and not science.

Last time I checked, a woman’s fertilized egg will not turn into anything other than a living breathing human being. Not a whale. Not a cat. Not a goat. A human.

Why? Because it is distinctly, genetically human. She says “if this thing is allowed to turn into a human”. Um, news flash; it’s already a human and was so from the moment of conception. There is no allowing for that biological and very scientific fact. What she means is “if you allow it to further develop“, as the embryo will not turn into anything other than what it already is. Human.

What pro-abortion advocates need to understand and come to grips with is that –

This…

looks…

exactly…

how…

a human…

is supposed…

too look …

for that particular stage …

of their development …

When you say it’s OK to kill a human in one stage of development you say it’s OK to kill them in any stage. And that, folks, is abortion. The killing of human in it’s most fragile and innocent stages of development. No “ifs” about it.

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  • Lydia Cubbedge

    Thank you for pointing out the outfit choice and its implications. Good catch.

  • Joseph Moore

    Great post. Love the photos. I often rail against the misuse of science in the service of activism, and refer to activists as ‘donning the sacred lab coat of Science!’ when they want to appear to have a stronger case than they have. But here, you’ve caught one pretty much literally doing so.

    What’s a little lying compared to Progress, after all?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

    Here, let’s try this thing called intelligent discourse where you elaborate what exactly you disagree with and why and than I can respectfully respond. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you aren’t an incurable asshole asking rhetorical questions and let you try again.

  • GoodCatholicGirl

    Simply put, abortion (like the death penalty) is premeditated murder.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Agreed.

    • http://twitter.com/piecesofreality LisaB

      Yes, JPII said given advances to society capital punishment should not be used, however the Magisterium does not consider capital punishment “premeditated murder” nor an absolute evil, nor a sin. Be careful not commit heterodoxy.

      CCC #2267

      “The traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude, presupposing full
      ascertainment of the identity and responsibility of the offender, recourse to
      the death penalty, when this is the only practicable way to defend the lives of
      human beings effectively against the aggressor.”

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        Thanks for the clarification.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberto.d.fernandez.31 Roberto Dianel Fernandez

    Another interesting point is that we are the only species that justifies killing their young. In the animal kingdom, the parents fight to the death to protect their fragile young. Many species are born before being fully developed; in certain species of fish, the fathers carry the underdeveloped young in their mouths and take them to the water’s surface for air so they don’t drown. If they start to sink, he must catch them while keeping predators away and take them back up to the surface. He has to do this for hundreds of them in a relentless effort to keep them alive. In marsupials, the undeveloped fetus of the kangaroo, still blind and hairless has to crawl up it’s mother’s stomach and into her pouch and find the nipple while mother watches. These young in very early stages of development are still viable precious creatures of that particular species. Why can’t we, as humans, learn to cherish and protect are developing children’s lives.

    • Lisa Twaronite

      Some animals eat their young. The animal kingdom offers some pretty horrifying examples along with the noble ones.

  • Joseph Moore

    The key issue here, the one our dear Crescat pointed out: Harris-Perry is not trying to make an argument, she is attempting to brow-beat us little people with Science! She is attempting to silence argument by donning the sacred lab coat of Science, despite having no more claim to science than any of us commoners.

    Argument requires having at least some understanding of and respect for your opponent’s position. It is extraordinarily rare to see anything remotely like an argument take place on TV – it’s just browbeating and gainsaying, and asserting that we’d of course agree if we were only smart enough to understand.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    Yes, really. I’ll admit to being that dense if you can come up with a *reasonable* explanation, taking all we know of biology into account, why you want to enact the death penalty for the crime of being conceived.

  • MV

    I know some would see this as a different subject, but i get really annoyed when the same smoke a d mirrors are used for the morning after pill. I used to be a teacher and sat in on a session with the schhol nurse about it. She kept talking about the egg not being allowed to implant. I asked for clarification; did she mean the egg, or te sperm that had met the egg? An embryo/zygote? She confirmed the latter with a very red face. When I asked her if she told womem that she stated ‘women who want the MAP don’t want to know that.’
    Pretty big decision to make on their behalf.
    womanofvalorpsalm39.blogspot.com

  • Lisa Twaronite

    “When you say it’s OK to kill a human in one stage of development you say it’s OK to kill them in any stage.”

    Well, no — we’re saying it’s okay to kill them in the nascent stages, when they’re inside our bodies. And I think most of us understand why some people have a problem with this, and don’t believe we should do it.

    (the commenter formerly known as “L.”)

  • http://twitter.com/spiffy74 Ron Turner

    and the beat goest on:

    ” …she reportedly gave birth to a fetus …”

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_made_against_mother_of.html#incart_m-rpt-1

  • http://twitter.com/moderncomments Modern Comments

    Not dense. Logical. Human history is replete with examples of humans deciding another group is somehow sub-human or otherwise unworthy of life and disposing of them accordingly. If human development at the early stages isn’t human life…what’s stopping someone from arguing human development at age 1, 5, 15, 30, 60 isn’t “human” life.

    Pro-abortion folk say that because a developing human can’t do human things like breathe or feed himself, he’s not a human. Guess what? My grandfather had a stroke in 1988 and couldn’t walk, talk or feed himself. With therapy some of his speech came back, but he relied on my grandmother and parents to tend to his physical needs — including lifting him from his wheelchair and feeding him. Was he not human?

    Likewise, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS and at the end of her life couldn’t talk, feed, move, breathe or do much but think on her own. Was she not human?

    There are people who would argue they aren’t and that they should have been “humanely” disposed of (i.e. assisted suicide). This is the mentality that grows from this notion that an unborn child isn’t human simply because some in our society don’t want to accept the reality that 1) sex creates human life and 2) sex requires responsibility.

    • Lisa Twaronite

      Actually, no, not always — there are plenty of us pro-abortion folks out here who believe that zygote/embryos are human, and also believe that a mother should be able to remove them from her body if she doesn’t want them inside her.

      • http://twitter.com/moderncomments Modern Comments

        If she doesn’t want them inside her, then maybe that’s something she should consider before they are there. You act like they show up, suitcases in hand, and randomly pick your uterus. If you don’t want a child, don’t have sex. If you cannot accept the fact that sex leads to pregnancy, you aren’t mature enough to have sex.

        • Lisa Twaronite

          Pregnancy is a risk of sex, yes, but there are many ways of greatly reducing that risk. For some of us, contraception is a true blessing,

          • TMJC

            “Pregnancy is a risk of sex…” I am going to contact Hallmark about a new line of “Congratulations!” greeting cards.
            Instead of “Congratulations! It’s a Baby Boy!” there could be “Way to Go! The Risk Paid Off!” or for encouraging couples who are trying to conceive, “You Gotta Grab the Biscuit if You Wanna Risk it!” Thank you for implanting one of the most repugnant “catchphrases” ever in my head today.

          • Lisa Twaronite

            If you’re offended by the phrase, “Pregnancy is a risk of sex,” then I sure hope you don’t teach biology. It’s a simple truth that not every pregnancy is wanted.

          • TMJC

            No worries. I hold a Masters Degree in Biology. I don’t believe I wrote that I was offended. I believe the word I used was “repugnant” to your use of the word “risk”. Most scientists do not refer to pregnancy as a “risk”. If you would like something clinical, I guess we could say that pregnancy is a biological outcome of sexual intercourse. “Risk” sounds more like putting the entire mortgage payment on red in Vegas or spelunking without properly checking your safety harness. Those are “risks”. And as for your comment that, “It’s a simple truth that not every pregnancy is wanted” – there is nothing “simple” about what you refer to as “truth”.

          • Lisa Twaronite

            Sorry for believing you were offended — your use of the word “repugnant” just seemed a tad judgmental to me, you know?
            I’m not a scientist with any degrees in biology, so I don’t speak clinically, but as a mere secular human, when I say that pregnancy (as well disease) is a risk of sex. I fail to understand why that sentence is repugnant to anyone, but I suppose there’s a lot you would fail to understand about my views, too. And yes, having sex without “checking my safety harness” is a risk I am unwilling to take.

            I think it’s quite simple to grasp the truth, that not every woman wants to be pregnant, and that not every pregnancy is wanted. I also think that abortion is worth avoiding, which is what I tell my young teenager daughter.

        • http://twitter.com/11thdegree becky

          Suitcases! I would love to see somebody photo-shop this.

          Like an aunt who shows up to sleep in your guest bedroom.

          Like a daughter who returns home to sleep on the couch in the basement.

          You don’t have to wait for “it” to depart. You remove “it” just by killing “it” in “its” sleep.


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