Céline Dion, Kourtney Kardashian,and the FDA
“Pop Culture vs. Mainstream America: When whose child you are determines what you are…”
By Hannah Carter, Director of Education for Georgia Right to Life
August 24, 2009
In America, we have a fascination with celebrities’ lives: where they live, what they wear, who they date, and we especially love to read about when they get married or have children. Last week Céline Dion was in the news announcing her most recent pregnancy.
On August 19th, MSNBC reported that Céline Dion was “excited to be expecting her second child.”[i] However, the headline read something different, “Céline Dion’s embryo was frozen for 8 years”.
In January 2009, the FDA approved the Geron Corporation to begin using human embryonic stem cells to treat human patients suffering from spinal cord injury.
Translation: the same life form (human embryos) that the FDA was okay with killing and using for research by the Geron Corporation in one story is viewed as a person in another because he or she is wanted.
However, the inconsistencies do not stop there.
She noted that after looking online and seeing how abortion had affected so many women that she could not go through with an abortion.
“I was just sitting there crying, thinking, ‘I can’t do that,’ “she says.”And I felt in my body, this is meant to be. God does things for a reason, and I just felt like it was the right thing that was happening in my life.”
The opening line of the article did not read would she have her baby or terminate her baby.
A day before, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood blasted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in an article in The Huffington Post for “demanding universal health care without abortion.” Ms. Richards goes on to report that by leaving abortion out of national health care coverage that the USCCB is making every woman in America “a second class citizen.”[v]
How is it that in one report because Kourtney Kardashian wanted her baby that she was having a child, but in another article Cecile Richards gets infuriated because the thoughts of the USCCB might influence the debate on whether the US Government (a.k.a. US taxpayers) should pay for abortions?
The only answer I can come up with is that in America whose child you are determines what you are.
If you are wanted, you are a baby. If you are unwanted, you are a product of conception.
So for instance, the children born to Céline Dion, Kourtney Kardashian, and Angelina Jolie are persons because they were wanted. But to the 19 year old female college student it is a choice, a burden, and definitely not a human life.
However the question remains is an embryo a person or a product of research? Is an unborn child a life deserving of protection or a problem that must be quietly destroyed?
The comparisons do not sound that sweet when you put them side by side. But inconsistencies exist like this every day. The question is when we as individuals will start calling Planned Parenthood and the main stream media out?
When will we say no, Ms. Richards, denying a woman an abortion is not making her a second class citizen it is giving her the opportunity to be spared from the one of the most horrific medical practices invented since the creation of mankind.
It is giving her child a chance at life.
The same needs to be said to the FDA for embryonic stem cell research. You do not kill one life to potentially save another.
We need to remind people that scientifically the term embryo does not determine what something is but rather what stage of development it is at just like the terms infant, teenager, and adult. A human embryo can only be one thing a human being.
It is scientific fact not political opinion that life begins at fertilization. Once the sperm and the oocyte (egg) join together they form a separate distinct human being, also known at this stage as a zygote or embryo.
The zygote has everything it needs to function as a separate and distinct human being. It only needs time, food, and a place to grow.
No one ever looks at a pregnant woman and says, “I wonder what she is having a boy or a frog?”
Just as now, people are not looking at Céline Dion and Kourtney Kardashian wondering if the children they are carrying are persons or not.
It is time to confront the truth and call out the inconsistencies.
We have to make the humanity of the child relevant again whether he or she is in the embryonic stage or the fetal stage.
It is time that we remind people that abortion and embryonic stem cell research are not political wedge issues, but rather the intentional killing of human life.
It is time to realize that what Joseph Stalin once stated is so true, “One death is a tragedy and a million deaths is a statistic.”
Let’s make the destruction of every innocent human life be seen for what it is, a tragedy.
Let’s start now and not finish until every life is valued regardless of its origin, dependency, or disability.
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