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thank you for your sacrifice

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 06, 2005

Those unfailingly altruistic folks over at Abortion Clinic Days set the rest of us straight on their respect for, ah, medical waste.

There are very strict guidelines about how all human tissue is handled, and medical waste is a very well regulated business, the Sopranos not withstanding. It is ultimately buried or burned. But of course, the real reason for the rant is that the anti's want to be able to harass the medical waste people, the operators of the incinerators, which are often hospitals, and of course US! And this moral outrage comes from the people who have literally stolen fetuses from pathology labs, clinics, etc. and paraded them around in shoe boxes, pawed through them on video, and generally exploited -- not respected -- fetuses.

In my clinic, we wash off the tissue and examine it. It is treated respectfully and put with the woman's first name into a container. We show it to patients if they ask to see it, and make sure they understand which part is the sac (later the placenta), which part the pregnancy if visible (after 9 weeks), and which part the lining of the uterus. People have been known to pray over it, write notes for inclusion, "baptize" it, etc etc. Some clinic staff have also been known to say a little prayer over it -- thanking it for its sacrifice so that the woman could continue on the path she was on.

And, after all, isn't that what the caring professions are all about?

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Dec. 08, 2005 6:21 PM ET USA

    Dear pseudo, Thank-you for the suggestion. I'll read the book, but be that as it may I believe the point that some of us are trying to make is that there is no "ritual" or "religious act" that can edify murder apart from sincere repentance and a good confession.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 08, 2005 1:27 PM ET USA

    John Plick: I refer you to Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, Abbot of Sept-Fons Trappist Monastery and his reissued classic Inner Strength for Active Apostles - How to Win Souls Without Losing Your Own (Sophia Press) on how to order the interior and active lives without falling into the pits of Quietism or Pelagianism. Ave Maria. ps I believe Scott Hahn's spiritual director gets him to reread this book once a year.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 08, 2005 11:31 AM ET USA

    "No, hannah. Many of us are just stunned at the ugliness of their rationalizations." Yes, the silence is deafening. I wonder what would happen if most Catholics put their money where their mouths were and voted for politicians that would put an end to abortion...but far too many rationalize voting to keep abortion in place.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Dec. 08, 2005 10:02 AM ET USA

    No death is in vain. Get your indulgence on Dec 8th and help the Poor Souls I think being "concerned" over the meaning of the death of the aborted is NOT the issue here, Pseudo.. What I fear is the issue is a type of catholic insanity which seems feel that if you sprinkle any situation with a little holy water it will be "alright" or at least not as bad. We seem to have lost almost all conception and understanding of the SIN of sacraliege and the importance of proper disposition of heart

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2005 6:34 PM ET USA

    No, hannah. Many of us are just stunned at the ugliness of their rationalizations.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2005 11:22 AM ET USA

    "We are now exploring giving the option for women to donate fetal tissue to research efforts. This would be completely at the discretion of the woman, but typically women feel that "something good can come of this" and agree to it enthusiastically." Yet another part of the equation--harvesting helpless humans for profit--the Nazis toyed with that one too. Not exploiting the emotional nature of women and not in it for money, eh? Are there only about ten of us who find this industry abhorrent?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 07, 2005 11:03 AM ET USA

    Proof of GK Chesterton's aphorism: "Even in an empire of atheists the dead man is always sacred." ("The Meaning of Dreams" Lunacy and Letters) Pope Benedict XVI said something similar in his writings, as Cardinal, about the peculiar existential fear that grips even a hardened atheist when they are alone in a room with the deceased. No death is in vain. Get your indulgence on Dec 8th and help the Poor Souls.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2005 10:37 AM ET USA

    And this is posted December 6 - St Nicholas Day - patron saint of children. How appropriate, Uncle Di. Let us all pray . . .

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Dec. 07, 2005 1:55 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, Thank you for the mental and visual images. O\ne can see these smarmy, pathetic beings making these sickening comments about "medical waste". God bless their little souls and may we all pray to end abortion. Blessed Mother help us! Keep up the good work Uncle Di!

  • Posted by: Sir William - Dec. 07, 2005 1:33 AM ET USA

    "It is treated respectfully" How respectful, to wash it after butchering it. How respectful to 'thank it' for being slaughtered. How respectful of them to allow 'it' baptism and say a 'little prayer' after its been poisoned, suctioned or segmented. Will they wish to enjoy that same 'respect' when they are old, and helpless and frail? "You are old, and useless and taught my generation well - those still alive, that is. Let me show how I respect to you now..." Pray Fast Do Penance

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Dec. 07, 2005 1:27 AM ET USA

    May we not pray for the abortionists and their minions? They are, as are we all, sinners, and the Fatima Prayer is most apropos: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. I always seem to find myself adding: 'And that goes double for me, Lord, especially that last part'.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 8:34 PM ET USA

    The staff didn't thank 'you' - they thanked 'it'. Vicky went on - "I am imagining how different the debate might be if the American public knew that incredible advances . . . came because women were generous enough to think of others in the midst of their difficult time." On behalf of 'it', I'd like to thank those generous caring women and their doctors, who are thinking of others thousands of times every day.

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