See Baby Samuel
See why abortion is wrong
BY PETER BRONSON
Cincinnati Enquirer Staff Writer
I saw the most amazing episode of House the other night.
The team of TV medical detectives diagnosed a brain tumor and ordered an
emergency MRI - but they were wrong. As usual.
Dr. House, the strangely likeable obnoxious jerk, had to almost kill the
patient to save her with a brilliant diagnosis of something extremely rare like
"malignant mavrojitis." That always happens too.
But then something amazing and unexpected happened: A message that was
During in-utero surgery, the "lump of tissue'' House wanted to kill to save
the mother reached out a tiny hand and clutched his finger. From that point on,
House stopped calling it a fetus and called it a baby.
The story was based on true pictures of "Baby Samuel," who was just 21 weeks
old when he grasped a doctor's finger during a similar operation in 1999.
"Samuel did reach from his mother's womb completely on his own, and he
reacted to the touch of his surgeon by squeezing the doctor's finger," said
photographer Michael Clancy, who said the photo he took "made a pro-lifer out of
This week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to ban partial birth abortions that
dismember and cruelly kill infants like Baby Samuel. I wonder if Supreme Court
justices watch House?
"That kind of thing makes it impossible to argue rationally anymore that it
is just a lump of tissue," said Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests
for Life and author of "Ending
Abortion - Not Just Fighting It."
Pavone was in town to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pregnancy Center
East, which has given 20,000 women an alternative to abortion and saved
thousands of children since 1982.
Thanks to efforts like that, Pavone believes the pro-life side is winning. He
sees cultural changes as amazing as those pictures of Baby Samuel:
Modern science now proves life begins at conception, he said, with evidence
that was not available when abortion was legalized by Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Evidence of the damage caused by abortion is also piling
up. "So many men and women who have been harmed and sought healing are now
speaking up," Pavone said. Studies in medical journals show drug and alcohol
abuse and other emotional problems are more likely for women who have had
Pro-lifers are winning in court, Pavone said. Laws that protect unborn
victims of accidents and homicides implicitly ask a moral question, he said. He
uses the hypothetical of a pregnant woman killed by a drunk driver on her way to
get an abortion. "The drunk driver can be legally charged with the death of an
infant she was on her way to have legally killed. Think about it."
And lawsuits such as Jane Roe vs. Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati have
alleged that abortion clinics deliberately fail to report statutory rapes while
providing abortions to underage girls. "There is no way to practice vice
virtuously,'' Pavone says.
The Supreme Court said the ban's "stated purposes are protecting innocent
human life from a brutal and inhumane procedure," and "the State has an interest
in promoting respect for human life at all stages in the pregnancy."
This is a Cincinnati story. The ban upheld by the Supreme Court was sponsored
by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati. Right to Life was founded here by Dr. John
Willke and his wife, Barbara. A Cincinnati abortion doctor devised the barbaric
method that is now outlawed.
It's also a story of life and death.
"Baby Samuel" is now a healthy six-year-old. Thousands just like him reached
out for life. Instead, they were butchered by partial birth abortions.
The court decision to end that came the same week the media wallpapered our
living rooms with photos of a mass murder. Ironically, the touching photo of
Baby Samuel was not allowed on TV in 1999.
Copyright 2007, Enquirer.com