A Baby by any Other Name

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George Orwell, who literally wrote the book on how totalitarian regimes use language to serve evil ends, would have loved the video.  Although an agnostic and an opponent of the Catholic Church, Orwell was also not only an enemy of the dishonest use of euphemisms, but also an ardent foe of abortion.  This section of his novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) indicates how deeply he hated abortion:

“But I suppose you want me to marry you, don’t you?”

“Not unless you want to. I’m not going to tie you down. I know it’s against your ideas to marry. You must decide for yourself.”

“But we’ve no alternative — if you’re really going to have this baby.”

“Not necessarily. That’s what you’ve got to decide. Because after all there is another way.

“What way?”

“Oh, you know. A girl at the studio gave me an address. A friend of hers had it done for only five pounds.”

That pulled him up. For the first time he grasped, with the only kind of knowledge that matters, what they were really talking about. The words “a baby” took on a new significance. They did not mean any longer a mere abstract disaster, they meant a bud of flesh, a bit of himself, down there in her belly, alive and growing. His eyes met hers. They had a strange moment of sympathy such as they had never had before. For a moment he did feel that in some mysterious way they were one flesh. Though they were feet apart, he felt as though they were joined together – as though some invisible living cord stretched from her entrails to his. He knew then that it was a dreadful thing they were contemplating – a blasphemy, if that word had any meaning. Yet if it had been put otherwise he might not have recoiled from it. It was the squalid detail of the five pounds that brought it home.

“No fear!” he said. “Whatever happens we’re not going to do that. It’s disgusting.”

“I know it is. But I can’t have the baby without being married.”

“No! If that’s the alternative I’ll marry you. I’d sooner cut my right hand off than do a thing like that.

The strong emotional reaction of Orwell’s character, Gordon Comstock, is precisely the way in which any decent human being should view abortion. 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Good video.
    The old adage of frogs being boiled to death but by small increments of heat exchange, comes to mind in this hideous era of license to Kill.

    The pot has been turned up ever so slightly that the parents of pregnant girls would rather see their own grandchildren ripped apart via abortion, than their daughters face the scorn from pseudosophisticated peers entering college.

    We as a nation are finally reaping the whirlwind. It’s so clear and present. The liberal ideology is the means of our scourging.
    Too many good men and women remained silent when they should of voiced their protests at the dawn of legalized abortion.
    Too many remained silent.

    “It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”- Rev. Charles Aked. October 1916

    This fight isn’t over.
    It’s just that the battlefield is in our yards, schools and on the national mall in DC. The media outlets are fueling this rage by their deliberate biases.

    God help us.

  2. Don-Many, many thanks for this from Eric Blair/G Orwell-I did not know about this book. What he says applies to the secular ecclesial powers as well as society at large. It actually is some solace – like Sam Gamgee and Frodo in Mount Doom “at the end of all things” – to know George O saw it all coming and warned us. Guy

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