Friday, April 6, 2012

Abortion in lecture

We had a lecture on teratogenic viruses last week. Our professor's presentation listed each virus, the birth defects associated with it, and the relevant prevention or treatment. As I previewed the lecture the night before, I read about congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). I was in my usual medical student study-mode (loading information into my brain via conveyor belt) when the conveyor belt suddenly stopped:
slide on congenital rubella syndrome
slide on effects of congenital rubella syndrome
 this slide shows treatment options for CRS: there are really none (besides vaccinating women before pregnancy), so the slide advises abortion.
And the next day, my (mild, talented, knowledgeable, personable) virology lecturer taught us to advise abortion. He said,
Typically, the medical recommendation for first trimester infections [is] abortion, therapeutic abortion, because most of those babies would never have a  functional life [or] existence.
And when summarizing, restated
...therapeutic abortion is the standard recommendation for first trimester rubella infection...
Between lectures, I struck up a conversation with a peer about it. I knew he was a Christian, but I assumed he was pro-choice (I was correct). I mused aloud that abortion was like a deliberate miscarriage. He agreed. And I further mused that a miscarriage was the death of a baby. He agreed again! Then, I wondered whether there was any reason to cause a miscarriage if that was the natural end of many CRS pregnancies. I felt like he kept repeating the words "option," "beliefs," "have to," and "if you were the only one" in various combinations, and when lecture began we stopped talking.

I thought about linking this with Good Friday and editorializing about redemptive suffering, mercy, and persecution; but I'm too tired. (Probably should've made my "normally-sized meal" a little more substantial.) Since you can probably make the connections yourself, I just say: this has been your report on the status of the U.S. medical school. Please pray for us.


  1. I'm so glad you posted this today. Well, not glad what you had to report, but glad that I heard it today, as the Divine Mercy novena begins today. While I do pray for you and all pro-life med students, I can now add you to my list of intentions specifically during this novena. Hmm, think I better include ALL med students while I'm at it, as well as professors and lecturers.
    Oh Sacred Head surrounded.....

  2. Thank you for your prayers; our need is truly urgent. Have a holy Triduum and a blessed Easter. Again, my heartfelt thanks!