Monday, December 10, 2012

Eugenics, Abortion, and other Insanity in the Hallways

A few snippets of conversations I've had.


In lecture on polycystic kidney disease (PKD):
Medullary sponge kidney doesn't account for a large percentage of PKD, but it still adds to the burden on society.
I was jarred to hear the sentence end that way. I was sure it was going to end with a simple, charitable, "but it makes a difference to the patients who have it, and we should be prepared to recognize it for them."


Talking with the former Interprofessional Ethics course coordinator, a Catholic OB/GYN, about abortion:
I've done maybe seven [abortions]. One of 'em was an anencephaly case. I talked it over with a priest and he said it was okay, since it never apparently had a soul.
I just saw a MedSFL facebook post featuring a young woman who chose to carry an anencephalic baby (person) to term. The baby boy lived for sixty-one minutes, and he and his mother and father are a beautiful family even now.


Talking with other (probable) future OB/GYNs:
It's gross, but I'd go into it just for population control. Some of these people are too stupid to have kids. [And, after lauding Essure and complaining about how dumb teen moms are] I hate people.
 Population control? Birth control for the less intelligent? Hating people? These are the opposite of everything good, just, and loving. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.


  1. Your last snippet makes me think of a song I've been listening to, a secular group called The Avett Brothers:

    "They say young is good and old is fine
    And truth is cool but all that matters
    Is that you have your good times

    But their good times come with prices
    And I can’t believe it when I hear the jokes they make
    At anyone’s expense except their own
    Would they laugh if they knew who paid?"

    1. That's exactly how I feel.

      And that's exactly what is going on! I see many (especially those in medical ethics!) state desires to protect things like "human dignity" for all, but they more strongly want those "good times." Since the latter pleasures are very real pleasures, it's almost impossible not to prize them above the ill-defined and remote "dignity" of unfamiliar others. Enter contraception, abortion, euthanasia, IVF, and even the more mundane things like overuse of Botox.

  2. We can't pray enough for our society, and cannot allow ourselves to be discouraged either. Pray we must. Praying for you, MM.