Sounds a little bit weird, it will piss off conservatives, not to mention religious zealots, but when thinking about it, it makes sense. Just as there is a day to remember soldiers who serve our country out there facing lots of difficulties, it is only reasonable to at least thank doctors who provide abortions.
I’m really no big fan of abortion. I don’t like the idea of a couple having unprotected sex and then going to fix the problem after 5 or 6 months. But I am a big fan of freedom, freedom to choose and freedom to get educated. Abortion , while a not very nice solution is a solution to be taken into consideration, especially in cases that don’t involve irresponsibility from the couple.
I’ll quote two cases that depict why a day such as today is necessary.
Last year, in Brazil, a 9-year-old girl had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who got her pregnant with twins. According to the doctor, to carry on the pregnancy would have meant the little girl’s death, so the doctor determined that the best solution was to get her an abortion.
How did the catholic church react? By opposing to the abortion and threatening the doctor and the girl’s family with an excommunication. Apparently, for the catholic church the only thing that is important is the life of the babies that, very probably, would have had a very miserable life, since it’s very unlikely that the catholic church would have taken care of them. It doesn’t matter if the little girl dies, that’s “God’s law”:
The Church excommunicated the doctors who performed the procedure as well. "God's laws," said the archbishop, dictate that abortion is a sin and that transgressors are no longer welcome in the Roman Catholic Church
Notice that, the doctor and the girl’s family were excommunicated, but not the stepfather. I can’t help but to think that the catholic church is kind of a fan of rape.
The doctor who performed the abortion was pressured not do his job, he was threatened with “excommunication”, which is not really a big deal, but there is always the danger that a Christian terrorist would take God’s law in his hands and attack the doctor.
Thank you catholic church. Thank you from discouraging a doctor from saving a life and putting his own in danger.
But the Catholics are not the only crazy about abortion. That’s a title that evangelicals have.
Today is the day in which we commemorate abortion doctors, since it was10 years ago that Dr. David Gunn was killed by a Christian activist:
David Gunn never set out to be a symbol. He wanted to deliver babies. But then an abortion clinic asked for help, and because no other doctor would do the job, performing abortions in the rural South became Dr. Gunn's life. There were wanted posters with his name on them, people following him late at night, hate mail, death threats, protesters yelling "Murderer!" Dr. Gunn kept three guns in his car -- one in the glove compartment, one under the seat and one in the trunk.
He is not the only doctor killed by Christian zealots. Last year Dr. George Tiller was killed by Scott Roeder, a Christian man who felt very strong against abortion, in great part for watching the 700 club, with official idiot Pat Robertson.
I don’t think that doctors Tiller, Gunn and the Brazilian doctor like to do such a job. But someone has to do it when the circumstances arise. Christian fanatics don’t think further than the fact that life is being terminated and refuse to see other factors playing a role in the case. That is the kind of thinking that religion considers a virtue: A lack of critical thinking and a sheep-like mind that just does what it is told to do, regardless of how sense it makes and (in this case) without minding that another person’s life is at risk.