What's Really Despicable? Rick Ungar, Obamacare, and Rick Santorum
the deliberate destruction of babies in the womb and call it freedom and "choice." I'm not impressed by your indignation. There is nothing more despicable than denying the humanity of the child in the womb.
It's also arrogant to try to school the Santorums on the realities of medical care for disabled children. Rick and Karen could spend hours telling us of all the times doctors told them to just let Bella die, and how one doctor actually sent them home with a prescription for a lethal dose of morphine without telling them the dose was lethal; or the doctors who refused to even call Bella by her name.
They could recount the numerous times they've had to fight and demand that Bella receive the medical care any "normal" child would get. No doubt parents all over America could tell similar stories of the callous and inhumane treatment their disabled children have endured at the hands of those who are supposed to help them.
Mr. Ungar may believe that all this will magically change with the government fully in control of medical care, but like the Santorums, I don't buy it for a second. The same government that denies the humanity of the child in the womb will deny the dignity and worth of the disabled, the elderly, and anyone else whose "quality of life" is deemed too low to merit expensive care. With a limited pool of resources and bureaucrats interested in the bottom line -- not the dignity of the human person -- people will certainly be assessed according to their worth using a cost/benefit scale.
(While we're on the subject of allowing people to die because they're not useful to society, what about Terri Schaivo, Mr. Ungar? Actually, in her case, we didn't allow her to die -- we killed her. The people in charge of her "care" actually starved her to death. Surely you'd agree with me that killing Terri that way was utterly despicable. She was a human being, right? I mean, she wasn't a baby, so there can't be any question about her humanness. But she was disabled, so maybe I'm wrong there. Do we consider the disabled to be a little less human than the rest of us? No -- that would be despicable.)
As it is, most children like Bella don't make it out of the womb. The majority of babies found to have Trisomy 18 or Down Syndrome are aborted, often at the arm-twisting of medical professionals who make doom-and-gloom proclamations that the genetic condition is "incompatible with life" -- the very words spoken to the Santorums about Bella.
Rick Santorum is absolutely correct to point out that more prenatal testing, as Obama's mandate prescribes, will lead to even more babies being killed in the womb when their "defects" are discovered. A few prenatal tests can save the system a boatload of cash by eliminating expensive, disabled children. Back up a step further and it'll save even more money, says the White House: "Covering contraception is cost neutral since it saves money by keeping women healthy and preventing spending on other health services."
"Other health services"? That's code for pregnancy, prenatal care, and childbirth. Like I've said before, caring for a pregnant woman is expensive. Contraception is much cheaper. Besides, according to Obama's top science advisor, John Holdren, the United States government has a "responsibility to halt the growth of the American population."
Sorry, Mr. Ungar, but it's clear to everyone with eyes to see that Obamacare, with all its mandates and edicts, will not serve the dignity of the human person or respect life. We'll never have health care that honors human life until we as a society honor human life from conception to natural death. We fancy ourselves entitled to kill the tiniest children. We afford ourselves the power to decide who is human and who is not, who is worthy to live and who is not, so we can dispose of the ones we deem not. That's what is really despicable.
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah! and MCH.
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