Media Watch: The Sharyl Attkisson approach
Just checked out La Shawn Barber’s post about a liberal feminista blogger who referred to her unborn child, who she is going to abort, as a “parasite” and a “tick.”
In my conversations with feministas like the one mentioned in La Shawn’s post, I’ve come across a few who called an unborn child a parasite. This is typically how the discussions would go:
Liberal Feminista: “A woman should have the right to abort a burdensome parasite.”
Sister Toldjah: “Burdensome parasite?”
ST: “Why on earth would you call an unborn child a parasite?”
LF: “Because technically, that’s what they are: parasites or leeches, if you prefer that term.”
LF: “You know how to use a dictionary, don’t you?”
ST: “Yes, but I’d like you to explain, please.”
LF: (Sighs) “Here’s the definition of a parasite: an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.”
ST: “Have you ever walked up to a pregnant woman and wished her well on the impending birth of her parasite?”
ST: “I thought not. If you wouldn’t use the term with a pregnant woman, why are you using it in our conversation?”
LF: “Because I personally would feel like I had a parasite growing inside me if I were to find out I was pregnant.”
ST: “OK. What’s the matter with calling it a fetus, or unborn child?”
LF: “Because I wouldn’t view it as an unborn child or fetus.”
ST: “What were you before you were born? A parasite, or an unborn child?”
LF: (No answer)
At that point in the conversation, the LF would usually be cornered, because they can’t answer that question truthfully – they can’t make themselves admit that as unborn children they weren’t considered parasites.
Viewing unborn children as a parasites is very similar to viewing patients in a persistent vegetative state as a vegetables. It’s a way to take the human aspect of the issue out of the equation. When you don’t view something as a human, it’s easier to justify your support of taking its life. Dr. Yacov Tabak, who helped provide the best care for his wife Marsi, who was diagnosed as being in a PVS in 1997, explains:
Dr. Tabak couldn’t bear the term “vegetable” when it was first presented to him, and since the Terri Schiavo ruling, says that some in the medical community have shown an ulterior, ugly side regarding this appellation. “There is a medical agenda with this term,” Dr. Tabak contends. “It’s very difficult to get emotionally involved with a vegetable. To have a relationship with a carrot goes against human nature.
And to have a relationship with a ‘parasite’ goes against human nature, too. Viewing an unborn child as a mere pesky parasite makes it sound, to pro-abortionists, so much more ‘justifiable’ to terminate.