A young woman, pregnant for the first time, went to her local Safeway pharmacy to pick up a prescription. Rather than receiving the medication that was prescribed for her use, the pharmacy mistakenly gave her methotrexate, a powerful medication used to treat cancer patients, psoriasis, and to induce abortions. She took one of the pills and then realized that something was terribly wrong so she called her physician right away.
After attempting to vomit, rushing to the hospital and ingesting charcoal to try to soak up the toxin, all this first time mother can do now is fretfully wait to find out if she will be able to carry her child to term and if so, what damage may have been done.
But it brings up an interesting juxtaposition of language issues. Remember back in the 60's and 70's when the great nuclear debate was going on and most of Hollywood would chain a body part to a nuclear power plant fence in protest? There was actually a communications case study about the language utilized to describe different aspects of the nuclear debate. An example? "Kill ratios" was a common pro-nuke buzzword, according to these leftist professorial types, which allowed those who supported the development of nuclear technology to separate the horror of the slaughter of humanity caused by these weapons away from the debate.
Now apply this theory of language and its usage to aspects of this tragic story. In the discussions about this story on television and in various articles online, the baby is clearly no longer merely a disposable clump of cells but a life and the ingested drug has done harm to this baby.....this little life. The baby isn't referred to ad nauseum as a "fetus" or an "embryo" or a "cell mass" but instead, is considered nothing less than this young mother's child. Otherwise, what would the tragedy be here? Haven't the pro-abortion leftists made the case that abortion today is no big deal, medically, physically, psychologically, etc.?
What is the difference between the baby whose young pregnant mother who goes in to pick up a prescription and takes home an anti-abortion drug by accident and another baby whose mother who goes in with the specific intent to take this drug ? If you have two mothers, both early on in their pregnancies, is it merely the vague notion of "intent" or "choice" that designates one a baby and the other a clump of cells? Does the dehumanization of the baby make it easier to kill?
Makes one think about the power of sonograms and the overwhelming data that shows that once a mother sees a sonogram she is most likely not going to choose to stop that heartbeat. Powerful stuff.
Pro-abortion forces have designated dehumanizing language to refer to innocent, vulnerable babies who are still in the womb. Who would have ever thought even a dozen years ago that mothers would be able to go to their local pharmacy, pop a pill and rid themselves of any inconvenient results of a hard night of partying. Not even a shocking notion -- mothers using toxic drugs to poison their own babies while still in the womb. Why does the baby have to pay the ultimate price for the sins of the mother?
We look at this story with sadness, hurting for this young mother who faces an unknown future with her child. Is it really just a matter of a child that is wanted versus unwanted? There probably isn't a mother alive who hasn't, during the course of her pregnancy (and sometimes, after the pregnancy as well), asked herself a dozen questions about the wisdom of her decision to become a mother. Hormones are powerful things.....but so are words.
The pro-abortion leftists deployed a mountain of dehumanizing words to convince the FDA to approve the sale of the quaintly-termed "morning after pill". But this young mother now must wrestle with the most human range of emotions a mother can feel while agonizing over the health and safety of her baby, now having mistakenly ingested this "safe, effective" pill. The overwhelming emotions she is experiencing is what every new mother feels as soon as she discovers she is pregnant, and it is why when pregnant ladies are asked what gender they would like to have, they always put the word "healthy" somewhere in the answer. Now this roller coaster of hormones and emotions has just been complicated by the introduction of a pill that in another situation, a mere change of circumstances, we have been told, would be an entirely different and supposedly unremarkable occurrence. This young mother has tragically discovered much earlier than most new mothers that her concerns are going to be ever present for the lifetime of her child, and it is only just the beginning of a lifetime of motherly worry.
This is no disposable clump of cells for this mother.
Sending prayers for the health and safety of both mother and child, two precious lives indeed.