Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Jennifer Hartline

2/28/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

There's nothing more despicable than denying the humanity of the child in the womb

Last week Forbes' contributor Rick Ungar indignantly labeled Rick Santorum a "despicable human being" for saying that Obamacare will result in rationed care based on usefulness and not on the dignity of every human life.  Sorry, but when the government is in charge of health care, and new committees are created to make decisions about care vs. cost, it is only the most duped among us who will be confident in a bureaucrat's willingness to grant expensive medical care to the less-abled, the elderly, and even to children like Bella Santorum.

Rick and Bella Santorum

Rick and Bella Santorum

Highlights

By Jennifer Hartline

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/28/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum, Forbes, Rick Ungar, Obamacare, Bella Santorum, Jennifer Hartline


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Forbes' contributor Rick Ungar had some very harsh words for Rick and Karen Santorum last week.  In his column, "Rick Santorum's Despicable and Hurtful Health Care Lie", he blasted the Santorums for "scaring the hell out of parents whose children face illness and disability in their lives" and said Rick was a "despicable human being."

Mr. Ungar believes the idea that disabled children might be denied care under Obama's health care law is so far-fetched as to be absurd, and thus the Santorum's concerns are the most egregious sort of fear-mongering imaginable.  But the Santorums are hardly the only ones to see the writing on the wall, even if the language of the bill is tricky.  When insurers in 34 states suddenly stopped offering child-only policies as a direct result of Obamacare in 2010, some states had to respond with legislation requiring them to continue selling such policies.

But just how far can all these requirements go and what happens when cost/profit meets disability/life expectancy?   Which medicines and procedures will insurers be required to cover, and for what time frame, and for whom under what circumstances?  These decisions will have to be made, and they'll be made by people whose motivation will likely be dollar signs and not patient care. 

When the government is in charge of health care, and new committees are created to make decisions about care vs. cost, it is only the most duped among us who will be confident in a bureaucrat's willingness to grant expensive medical care to the less-abled, the elderly, and even to children like Bella Santorum.

Amidst all of Ungar's scathing insults was the following gem, just too good to pass up:

"However, when Rick Santorum tells us that the law would deny the right to life and the care needed to sustain that life to children like his own daughter, because such a child would be deemed to not be of  'sufficient use to society', he accuses the President, every member of Congress who supported the law, and every other supporter, such as myself, of being unfit to walk to this earth."

"Anyone is welcomed to disagree with my judgment as to whether the Affordable Care Act is a good or a bad law... But if you are going to accuse me of being willing to allow a child-or anyone else- to die because I would somehow deem her to be inconsequential to society, you'd really better be prepared to not only say that to my face but take the punishment that I promise you will follow."  (emphasis mine)

Them's fightin' words, Mr. Ungar, and I'm delighted to hear you say it.  We need more passionate pro-life citizens in America.

Naturally, I understand you to mean that you find it despicable to deny a child the right to life.  I understand you to mean that you find it despicable to say that just because a child isn't "wanted" or wasn't "planned" that the child is inconsequential to society and can be destroyed by whatever means necessary.  Certainly what you mean is that every child's life is precious and the adults have no right to say which children can live and which must die by our "choice."

Because surely you realize, Mr. Ungar, that children are killed every single day in our country precisely because they are deemed inconsequential to society.  Worse, actually.  They're considered enemies of freedom and prosperity.  Worse still, they aren't even considered human.  Their murders are sanctioned by the law and police power of the State, and millions of people -- not you, of course -- consider it a good thing, a moral thing, a necessary thing.

Let me make it clear, Mr. Ungar:  If you are of the opinion that abortion is a legitimate and moral "choice" that should be protected by the laws of our nation, that is despicable.  If you are willing to allow the child in the womb to be killed and call it a "right", that is despicable. 

What you're doing in that case is exactly what you falsely accuse Rick Santorum of doing, except it's far, far worse.  You are denying the child in the womb her humanity.  You are calling the child an "it"; far less than merely inconsequential to society, you've made her a slave to someone else's power and self-interest; a "thing" to be eliminated in service to someone else and society at large.

I'm prepared to say that to your face, and President Obama's, Nancy Pelosi's, and anyone else's.  Do not boast about your appreciation of the value of human life and your unimpeachable virtue in protecting children if you continue to sanction 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.
 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More U.S.

Deacon Keith Fournier: The Courage of the Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby and ENDA Watch

Image of Deacon Keith Fournier is Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. A married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife Laurine have five grown children and six grandchildren, He serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Stephen, Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, VA. He is also a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate. Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He has completed requirements for the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and is writing the PhD dissertation on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The Catholic Bishops are doing an excellent job standing up for Religious liberty as a fundamental human right. One of my growing concerns is that many Catholics do not even read what they are saying. Sadly, in a propagandized media where sound bites substitute ... continue reading


Thousands of Christians Flee Under Death Threat From Tyrannical Caliph and ISIS Jihadists Watch

Image of (Pictured: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, or Caliph Ibrahim) At first, Christians were ordered to gather in a central place to receive the directive from the self appointed Caliph. Understandably, given the track record of this maniacal tyrant, few did. So, the text of the statement was issued as a formal declaration to all Christians - We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of Jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

By now, everyone who is in anyway concerned about what is happening to Christians in Iraq has heard the horrific news. The madman who claims to be a descendant of Mohammed, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi - who in his delusion and grandiosity has taken to calling himself ... continue reading


Catholic Bishops Decry Obama's LGBT executive order as imprudent act of religious discrimination Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth have been strong in their condemnation of President Obama's legislation on LGBT employees. "Today's ... continue reading


A Tribute to Protestant Bishop Tony Palmer, Friend of Francis and Champion of Christian Unity Watch

Image of The late Bishop Tony Palmer with Pope Francis- He was catapulted into prominence in the broader Christian community when, while meeting with his friend the Pope in January, he was given a recorded message from Francis to deliver to a large group of charismatic, evangelical protestant leaders who gathered in the United States. The video went viral. It moved millions to sincere prayer for the healing of the divisions in the broken Body of Christ and is prompting a renewed commitment to common apostolic action between Christians.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I never personally met Bishop Tony Palmer. However, I look forward to spending an eternity in the full communion of God's love with him. I appreciated his Christian courage and felt that his efforts were prophetic. He wrote his life - and lived his ministry - ... continue reading


Exclusive: Tribute to Bishop Tony Palmer, A Life Dedicated to Unity Watch

Image of (Pictured: Left to Right - Dirk West, Matteo Callisi, Bishop Tony Palmer, and Deacon Darrell Wentworth) - Faith to Bishop Tony Palmer was a dynamic, lived experience and, as a result, his life built up the whole Body of Christ and tore down the walls some have built to separate us from each other! What a legacy! A true example of living Jesus' prayer in John 17! (Deacon Darrell Wentworth)

By Deacon Darrell Wentworth

Monday, July 21, 2014, was supposed to be like most Mondays - the start of a work week. But Deacon Keith Fournier sent me a text informing me that my friend, Bishop Tony Palmer, had died. Shock went through my body as I processed that news; then disbelief as I ... continue reading


Anarchy in Chicago! Weekend of crime tears city apart Watch

Image of The weekend of July 18 saw the death of five people and the wounding of 47 in Chicago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There were 47 shooting victims in Chicago this weekend, five of which ended up being fatal, statistics from the Chicago Police Department report. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chicago officials met on July 21 to discuss the city's recent surge in gun ... continue reading


The Contraceptive New York Nanny, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The idea that the government is now in the business of arm-twisting women not to have more children - immediately after childbirth - is morally obnoxious and socially disturbing. It is so apt that this is happening in a city where its mayor lusts for abortion ... continue reading


Building a culture of life: Colorado clinic takes brave stand Watch

Image of Inspired to bring their mission home to Colorado, they decided to start a natural women's health clinic that would uphold the dignity of women and give them the care they deserve.

By CNA/EWTN News

A Colorado women's health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. (CNA/EWTN News) - Authentic women's care "is essential to the pro-life movement," said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, ... continue reading


When more than 80 percent of California faces extreme drought -- the spigots remain open Watch

Image of At the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, fountains are still operating. The one change is that they turn off at mid-morning, and haven't been running full-time since the spring.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Extremely dry conditions in the state of California has 80 percent of the so-called Golden State in extreme drought conditions. Many couldn't tell the difference in many urban areas: Sprinklers go full blast on many lawns, and lots of waters goes wasted by ... continue reading


IT'S ABOUT TIME: Rick Perry deploys national guard to halt southern invasion! Watch

Image of Texas Governor Rick Perry will send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, in an effort to stem the flood of illegals that have crossed over throughout 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an effort to stem the influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children that have been entering the United States illegally in 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry will send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the southern border. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13
1 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,2 ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 36:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
6 your saving justice is like towering mountains, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:10-17
10 Then the disciples went up to him and asked, 'Why ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 24th, 2014 Image

St. John Boste
July 24: One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. He was born at ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter