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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 16, 2008

A Las Vegas abortion clinic with the cheerily macabre name of the A to Z Women's Center boasts not only of having "FREE Pregnancy Testing" and "One Day Service" but, on a somewhat more self-conscious note, "Silent Suction Equipment." Now why, I wonder, would silence be such an attractive advantage in this business ...?

The A-Z site repays a couple minutes' browsing. I was interested by the delicate phrasing in which we're informed, regarding an RU-486 "Abortion Pill" termination, that "About 1 in 100 patients will need to have a surgical rescue." So who, in this case, is rescued from what? We're not told. Apparently you have to fork over your $530 to get that information.

I was also edified to read that A-Z promises "We will provide all patients with work/school release letters that do not specify that you had an abortion." I suppose that's all part of keeping abortion safe, legal, and unmentionable. As other commentators have noted, with what other constitutional right are those who exercise that right so ashamed to admit they have done so?

The A-Z facility further provides us with a virtual tour of the premises. I found this tour instructive in a number of ways. We're shown several desks for secretaries and staff, but on none of them do we see the usual photos of children or family, no brightly-crayoned drawings taped in the cubicles. What a curious omission. On the other hand, there's a colorful hanging mobile suspended above the operating table, presumably used to distract the patient (i.e., the adult patient) while the sedatives kick in.

How often, I wonder, has it dawned on the drowsy woman gazing up at that mobile that it was designed for a child's bedroom, and that there is one child who will never see it?

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 02, 2009 2:51 PM ET USA

    James Carroll -- albeit on a much smaller scale -- joins an illustrious list of dangerous ex-seminarians throughout history: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, etc.

  • Posted by: DJM749 - Oct. 31, 2009 5:07 PM ET USA

    Ah, yes...James "The Failed Priest" Carroll: Reason #209 why the "Boston Glob" is circling the drain.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 30, 2009 7:40 PM ET USA

    "genetic science that separate reproduction from sexuality." refers to anything other than children conceived in the marital embrace, including IVF, cloning, surrogacy, and the whole raft of ancillary practices. Abomination.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2009 1:02 PM ET USA

    Jimmy Carroll missed his own point... While the Church is "in" the world, it is not "of" the world. Maybe if he had paid a little more attention in the seminary, he wouldn't have missed that little distinction...

  • Posted by: sparch - Oct. 30, 2009 11:20 AM ET USA

    I guess it'a alright for Anglicans to accept Roman Catholics and not change the Anglican precepts, yet it is not alright for the Roman Cathloic Church to welcome Anglicans and bend a little to accept Anglican pastors and bishops. For some people, Catholics will never get it right. I guess there would be nothing left to beat on if they could think the issue through and speak what is true.