Wrapping the Violence Up
One of the books on my nightstand right now is M.R. Carey's The Girl With All the Gifts. In light of the Planned Parenthood fiasco, I found this passage particularly striking:
They talk for a little while about the things that have happened, wrapping the violence up in careful, delicate words so it feels less horrible. Melanie finds this interesting in spite of herself – that you can use words to hide things, or not to touch them, or to pretend they’re something different than they are. (p. 203)
"... wrapping the violence up in careful, delicate words so it feels less horrible." Has a better single-sentence description of pro-choice rhetoric been written? I'd love to see it.
Abortion advocates thrive on euphemistic language the way crows thrive on carrion. They speak of "healthcare" and "fetuses" and "fully intact specimens" – evasions calculated to distract us from some very simple truths about life, death, and morality. They say they care about women yet they murder children. They pay lip service to life and to humanity, but it is lip service only - just as Joab pretended to kiss Amasa before spilling his entrails on the ground.
This is why David Daleiden's work with the Center for Medical Progress is so important: it is helping to strip away the facade. The footage in these videos is barbaric because Planned Parenthood is barbaric. They're in the business of harvesting unborn children, for crying out loud. See their self-righteous rhetoric, then raise them the sight of a baby's arm gripped by tweezers. The heart is deceitful above all things, but it's awfully hard to pretend you're still the good guy when you're caught on camera pulling human remains out of the freezer.
In his essay 'On Evil Euphemisms', Chesterton points out that “when someone wishes to wage a social war against what all normal people have regarded as a social decency, the very first thing he does is find some artificial term that shall sound relatively decent.” The war on children is many things, but it is not decent. It is not safe. It is not healthcare. It is murder. It is an assault on life, on family, on the Imago Dei. It is spitting blood in the face of Almighty God.
Christ have mercy on us. Our evil is Legion.