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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
So, let's say...: that some quasi-religious nuts were collecting fingernail clippings because they believe that hangnails have souls and giving them a religious burial. Would this outrage you? Would you go running to the press complaining about the cult of the cuticle being insensitive to your feelings?

You wouldn't. You'd just laugh it off. If those wackos want to worship their fingernails, that's no skin off your back.

But some "abortion-rights" types -- who love to use euphemisms like "product of conception" -- are outraged that some pro-life activists are giving "fetal tissue" a proper burial.

The Sacred Heart of Mary Church obtained the ashes from a mortuary that had a contract to cremate remains from the Boulder Abortion Clinic. But the clinic said it didn't know the ashes were being given to the church.

"They have taken it upon themselves to make a macabre ritual out of this, inflicting pain on everyone," said clinic director Dr. Warren Hern. "I have women calling me who are very upset over this. These fanatics simply cannot leave other people alone with their most intimate sorrow."

Sorrow? Over "fetal tissue"?

I'm beginning to think that some "abortion rights" types are two-faced.

Research studies indicate that emotional responses to legally induced abortion are largely positive. They also indicate that emotional problems resulting from abortion are rare and less frequent than those following childbirth (Adler, 1989).

Anti-family planning extremists, however, circulate unfounded claims that a majority of the 29 percent of pregnant American women who choose to terminate their pregnancies (Henshaw & Van Vort, 1990) suffer severe and long-lasting emotional trauma as a result. They call this nonexistent phenomenon "post-abortion trauma" or "post-abortion syndrome." They hope that terms like these will gain wide currency and credibility despite the fact that neither the American Psychological Association nor the American Psychiatric Association recognizes the existence of these phenomena.

So, according to Planned Parenthood itself practically no one who ever has an abortion feels any regret or any attachment to the "fetal tissue." So, is Dr. Hern lying, or Planned Parenthood. Maybe it's both.

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