25 January 2011

Book Review

It’s been some years since I read this last, so I picked this up at the library while I was browsing the other day with the intent of giving this my undivided attention for a couple of hours.  I had forgotten just how truly depressing this book is.

The book starts off rather memorably with Grant recounting his attempt at rescuing aborted babies from one of the dumpsters behind an abortion clinic. It seems that some babies that are intended to be aborted aren’t actually killed before they are disposed of, and so some advocacy groups make a point of grabbing them from the dumpsters they’re discarded in. Really, it’s quite sickening that there are any who think that human beings are merely waste to be thrown out with the trash.

After this rousing start, Grant moves on to reflecting about how this sort of thing even comes about.  There is a moral element to be sure, and even a cultural element as well, but the main reason why abortion is such a widespread reality is simply because it is a good business.  And Planned Parenthood is the industry leader.

Most of the book is focused on Planned Parenthood, and its horrific history.  Lowlights of this history, as detailed in the book, include how it was founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger, how it supported sterilization of blacks, and how it has lied to everyone again and again.  The procedure is incredibly dangerous, even though it is completely legal and doctors are subject to safety regulations.  It also causes emotional trauma, and this aspect of the grisly affair is often glossed over.  Really, who wants to think about how they’re about to be committing murder?

The book also details Planned Parenthood’s supporters.  The usual suspects are in full force: liberal politicians and the mainstream media.  What a bunch of nihilists. For thee, though.  Never for them.

After this emotional roller-coaster, the book attempts to recommend a solution.  It’s not a very satisfactory one, though.  It doesn’t seem practical.  It is a start, though.  Personally, I’m inclined to recommend a little bit more political activism.

In all, the book is an eye-opening look at abortion and one of its biggest profiteers.  It’s sick, sobering, and relentless.  It’s also a necessary read for anyone who wants to discuss the subject intelligently.

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