Caitlin v. George: A Tale of Two Tillers

It didn’t take long for Caitlin Tiller’s story to get bumped—not only off page one, but out of the news cycle entirely. According to Google, the last two major media accounts of the teen mom appeared on and on May 6, four days after the story broke. And Caitlin’s cause is conspicuously absent from the torrent of cyber-opinion, where stories develop, crusades are launched and offenders are held accountable. In case you’re not familiar with Ms. Tiller’s story, here’s a brief recap from ABC:

A high school student is fighting back after her senior photo was pulled from the school yearbook. The photo shows North Carolina senior Caitlin Tiller holding her now one-year old son. The school asked students to have their picture taken with something that best represents them or an achievement. Tiller chose her son because he represented her drive to stay in school. The school didn’t see it that way. Caitlin says she was told the picture promoted teen pregnancy. She sees it as a symbol of responsibility and love. “They should be proud that the students are willing to stay in school and graduate and make something of their self and not try and hide it,” Tiller said. School officials would only say the yearbook should be all about the student and not an extension of the student’s family.

So, where is the outrage from the champions of “choice?” Here’s a young woman who made a brave decision to keep her baby and finish high school, but nothing from Maureen Dowd, Cecile Richards, Rachel Maddow, Ilyse Hogue, et alia? Meanwhile Sandra Fluke continues to grab favorable headlines on an almost weekly basis even though Rush Limbaugh hasn’t called her a “slut” since February, 2012.

slate_caitlin tiller searchA search on for “Caitlin Tiller” produces one result…for George Tiller, the notorious late-term abortionist who was murdered in 2009. A search for “George Tiller,” of course, produces seven pages of results, including glowing stories like, “The Bravery of George Tiller” and “What Made George Tiller so Special?” Other news and commentary outlets that carry water for the abortion industry have lots of positive stories about “Doctor” Tiller, as well, but here are the stats for Caitlin:

The Nation: 0
The Village Voice: 0
Salon: 0
The Kos: 0
The New Yorker: 0
Mother Jones: 0
The New Republic: 0
Feministing: 0
Planned Parenthood: 0
NARAL: 0 0

A case could be made for the downside of publishing a photo of Caitlin with her one-year old son in the yearbook, i.e. promoting teen pregnancy, but no one seems up to that task. And there was a time when any birth out of wedlock, much less a teen birth, was kept quiet to minimize shame and scandal. But in these “progressive” times, it is absolute hypocrisy that those who try to badger and bully the rest of us into celebrating promiscuity, buggery, late-term abortion and other “choices,” simply ignore the choice of young Caitlin. Abortionistas are quick to accuse pro-lifers of having a “love affair with the fetus”1 while doing nothing to support women with “crisis” pregnancies or children who are born into poverty. This is complete nonsense, but not the subject of this post, so I urge you to visit the Pregnant on Campus Initiative or any major pro-life website for proof and elaboration. On the flip-side, however, when it comes to supporting women who choose life, there is a deafening silence in the pro-abortion crowd.

1. Incredibly, this moronic quote came not only from an M.D., but from the M.D. in 1994, President Bill Clinton’s Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders.

Back to the Future

A luxury of living in our modern enlightened times, is that we can all proudly boast that we would never have condoned—much less participated in—the cruelties and barbarisms of our ancestors.

Just fill in the blank yourself: “I would never ______________!”

enslave my fellow man

consider a person of color inferior

allow children to work

accuse someone of witchcraft

close my eyes to genocide

burn someone at the stake

watch two men fight to the death

feed people to lions

stone an adulteress

crucify my Lord

Well, not so fast. The pro-life bloggers and Tweeters that got the media and the nation to finally pay attention to the trial of late-term abortionist “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell have re-exposed a legal barbarity that is very much still with us.

Lest one think that Kermit’s house of horrors was just a one-off in an otherwise beneficent women’s reproductive health industry, at least 15 states have launched investigations over the last three years into abortion providers for inferior and/or improper “care.” Reports Denise Burke, vice president of legal affairs at Americans United for Life, “In seeking to advance their own financial and political interests, Virginia abortion advocates blatantly ignored evidence of substandard conditions in Virginia abortion clinics, refusing to even acknowledge, and failing to contradict, evidence presented to the commonwealth’s board of health.”

And let’s not forget the details of the various legal late-term procedures themselves. Here they are in brief, but please do click on the links for more details:

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)—inserting forceps into the mother’s womb the abortionist grasps and dismembers the baby by twisting and tearing the parts of the body. Because the baby’s skull has often hardened it sometimes must be compressed or crushed to facilitate removal.

Saline Injection—the abortionist inserts a long needle through the mother’s abdomen and injects a saline solution into the sac of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. The baby is poisoned by swallowing the salt and his skin is completely burned away. It takes about an hour to kill the baby. After the child dies, the mother goes into labor and expels the dead baby.

Prostaglandin Induction—prostaglandins prematurely injected into the amniotic sac induces violent labor and the birth of a child usually too young to survive. Typically, the violent contractions crush the baby to death, but if not, and it is delivered alive, it will usually die within a few hours from exposure. Often salt or another toxin is first injected to ensure that the baby will be delivered dead.

Intracardiac Injection—abortionist injects medication into the fetal heart to stop it beating.

Caesarean Section—the abortionist cuts the umbilical cord while the baby is still in the womb, thus cutting off his oxygen supply and causing him to suffocate.

As disturbing as these legal methods are, Planned Parenthood and other abortion enthusiasts continue to bemoan the proscription of intact dilation and extraction (aka partial-birth abortions) and would gladly bring back the gruesome practice, which is described by one abortion M.D. thusly:

The surgeon introduces a large grasping forcep through the vaginal and cervical canals into the corpus of the uterus…he moves the tip of the instrument carefully towards the fetal lower extremities. When the instrument appears on the sonogram screen, the surgeon is able to open and close its jaws to firmly and reliably grasp a lower extremity…and pulls the extremity into the vagina…the surgeon uses his fingers to deliver the opposite lower extremity, then the torso, the shoulders and the upper extremities. The skull lodges at the internal cervical os. Usually there is not enough dilation for it to pass through…At this point, the right-handed surgeon slides the fingers of the left hand along the back of the fetus and “hooks” the shoulders of the fetus with the index and ring fingers. Next he slides the tip of the middle finger along the spine towards the skull while applying traction to the shoulders and lower extremities…While maintaining this tension, lifting the cervix and applying traction to the shoulders with the fingers of the left hand, the surgeon takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors in the right hand. He carefully advances the tip, curved down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger…the surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull…spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening…and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents. With the catheter still in place, he applies traction to the fetus, removing it completely from the patient.1

Now, if that doesn’t make you cringe and get you to recalculate the actual altitude of your moral high ground…

Of course, the pro-aborts are always ready to help us realize that the pro-life movement uses deception to make the gullible public unreasonably squeamish. As an example, Amanda Marcotte writing for RH Reality Check a website focusing on “reproductive health and justice issues” warns

Anti-choicers’ best weapon is exploiting the disgustingness of surgery, any surgery. (If you described root canals like they do early term abortions, and put up doctored photographs of the results, you could get half of Americans to freak out and agree to be “pro-tooth”). But late term abortion is by far the grossest, most distressing of abortion procedures. They really do remove fetuses that are very close to the baby stage…

You see, it’s just gross and distressing because it’s surgery, not because it’s killing a baby. But a baby is what he or she is. The more honest abortionistas are admitting as much these days. Not convinced? Go visit a couple “preemie” websites or read this post from the Associated Press: Tiniest preemies growing up healthy despite odds. Or follow the work of Dr. Edward Bell, a University of Iowa pediatrics professor who runs an online registry of the world’s tiniest babies and reports that “survival of infants born weighing less than 400 g [14 oz.] is rare but increasing.”

And if you’d like an additional look inside the minds (and facilities) of today’s late-term abortion providers, be sure to watch the new Live Action undercover videos in Washington, DC and the Bronx.

We can continue to deny the personhood of our progeny in utero—even when they are “very close to the baby stage”—and employ euphemisms to disguise their humanity, but science and God urge us to do otherwise. So, what will our enlightened descendants say about us in the future?

1. Martin Haskell, M.D., Dilation and Extraction for Late Second Trimester Abortion, Presented at the National Abortion Federation Risk Management Seminar, September 13, 1992