The American people continue responding to the aftermath of Katrina. At first it was with shock, sadness and anger at the slow response of the authorities. Now, thanks to raised public awareness, the whole country has been mobilized into action. The private and government sectors are now successfully working (although not together) toward the common goal of providing relief and assistance to the survivors.
Still, most people on the scene report the devastation cannot be adequately conveyed or communicated through our television sets. So much so that veteran reporters have, at times, lost all composure while on the air. For many people, the devastation compares to 9-11: the loss of life, the emergency needs, the outpouring of generosity by fellow Americans and the emerging resolve of survivors to rebuild. In the case of 9-11 as with Katrina, the devastation has rocked and riveted the nation.
What strikes me hardest?
It will come as no surprise to regular readers. It is the plight of the children: disoriented, afraid, separated from their parents and hungry. This is an obvious and great concern to many people. For me, it also kindled a reminder of another great and not-so-obvious crisis.
The reminder came when Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera showed the nation through a television camera a very young baby that hadn’t eaten in days. His goal was to awaken authorities to the unimaginable human suffering of Katrina’s victims. His heart-wrenching plea was answered by authorities but also by an unbelievable publicity stunt by Planned Parenthood, which said it would “help” hurricane victims by dispensing abortion pills.
From that moment forward, I continue to see not only the devastation left by Katrina in its stark reality but also through the lens of the abortion crisis in America. That’s because babies such as the one held before the camera lens of Americans by Geraldo are no different than those still in the womb.
So now in every camera shot of those suffering, dead or dying; every broken bone, open wound and cry of desperation; every silent body lying on the street, floating in the water or crouched in a corner of some dark attic; every reaching hand that found no one to take hold, help or protect them from the dark night of death, I also see an unborn victim suffocated, burned, mangled or dismembered inside the womb.
The question is: “Why can’t we get the nation to care about them?” More children die from these horrifying circumstances – 3,500 every day – than will die from 9-11 and Katrina combined. Yet it seems nothing can wake our callous and busy nation to this ongoing human suffering.
As with the event of 9-11 and Katrina, it would probably take cameras turned on and placed into the faces of the victims, forcing America to actually see the horrifying truth of abortion before it can possibly come to an end. To surmount the devastating and far-reaching effects of abortion, it would similarly take agreement, cooperation, non-stop media coverage, government support and mobilization of the private sector.
Heartened by America’s response, I can’t help being jealous for the attention now appropriately brought to this crisis. I can only wonder how if at all similar attention could be brought to the plight of the unborn. One opportunity lies at America’s doorstep with the two new nominees to the Supreme Court, but the nation is so distracted by the aftermath of Katrina.
Even the media’s attempt to pay appropriate homage to the passing of Chief Justice Rehnquist and the historic impact of having his former clerk take his seat has been largely ignored. Of course, the significance is that the coming appointments will impact and influence the nation for decades to come.
Neither is it an overstatement to say that partial-birth abortion and the overturning of Roe v. Wade may very well hang in the balance of these new Supreme Court nominees. Other issues of life are also likely to be decided, such as human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, physician-assisted suicide and the right to die. Understandably, few seem to care about these issues at the moment. It’s all so political that their mere mention is met with either a yawn or disgust by most people outside the beltway.
Truth is these two nominations could impact the lives of many more Americans than those in the wake of Katrina and the 9-11 disasters combined. Whether these nominations will eventually champion life and the cause of the unborn only time will tell. Meanwhile, thanks in part to the contemptible offer of Planned Parenthood to kill unborn survivors of Katrina, the death toll will rise, reinforcing the parallels of death between the victims of the hurricane and unwanted children.