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November 27, 2007

Pro-life Subterfuge

Over the past year, controversy has swirled around Bodies... The Exhibition, a traveling exhibit displaying dissected human bodies preserved through a process called the polymer process. Like Faith, I recently had the opportunity to visit the exhibit. And, also like Faith, I thought the exhibit educational, scientific, and tasteful, not vulgar and gory as might be expected.

But what impressed me most were the pro-life messages subtly planted in and around the displays. Next to female and male reproductive systems, a plaque read: Everyone spends one half-hour as a single cell. Everyone? Hmm...

Just beyond, a sign warned the way into the next room: "Please consider whether you want to see the next section of the exhibit. Note: the fetuses died of natural causes in the womb." As I made my way into the room and stopped in front of a case displaying a human placenta, I heard one girl in line ahead of me tell her friend, "I could never have an abortion. That's terrible!" Her friend responded, "Me too. I'd definitely go for adoption."

As I moved through a line of fetuses in the early stages of development, I noticed an 8-week-old. The bones in the hand were dyed to reveal the perfect intricacy of the child's metacarpals. And just eight weeks!

Like I said, there has been much controversy about the way the bodies in the exhibit were obtained. The Pittsburgh Diocese affirms that the people whose bodies were used all died of natural causes and were not claimed by relatives. Still, there are many skeptics (including an employee at the Carnegie Science Center who quit her job when she found out that Bodies was coming to Pittsburgh) who have concluded that the bodies were obtained through less than ideal methods.

I can't claim to know. All I can say is, if I were considering an abortion, that exhibit would stop me dead in my tracks.

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Comments

preacherman

Great post brother.
I want you to know I was very inspired by your post and your blog. I am looking forward reading it daily and would like to invite you to join in any discussion on my blog as well. God bless your ministry in a powerful way. May God blessing flow upon you in ways you have never seen before.

In Him,
Kinney Mabry
Aka
Preacherman

Lee

preacherman wrote: "Great post brother."

That scene in "LOTR: The Return of the King", where Eowyn kills Sauron, comes to mind - "I AM NO MAN!"

Zoe

Thanks, Lee. I take that as a huge compliment. Eowyn is one of my heroes! And, no worries, Preacherman, you're not the first to mistake my name as a man's.

Matt

Nerd alert: Eowyn didn't kill Sauron. She killed the Witch King of Angmar, the leader of the Ring Wraiths.

Sauron was killed (or at least vanquished) when the One Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom.

Steve (SBK)

I second that Nerd alert.
(Nice one Matt :P)

Lee

Durn; I suppose I've lost a large number of Nerd points and will need to make them up before the end of the year lest I be forced to re-certify for 2008.

I was going to check my facts, but someone swiped my copy of the DVD, and the book was not conveniently located. Of course, admitting that I don't have multiple copies of the DVD and several copies of the book easily at hand probably causes me to lose an even larger number of Nerd points. Sigh.

I can find a little solace in the fact that I was always better at being a Geek anyway. I still have some IBM "Do not bend, fold, spindle or mutilate" punch cards. Nyah, nyah, nyah!

But Nerd or Geek, Eowyn still has major babe factor for combining sword combat skills with long, flowing tresses and doe-y eyes.

Kara

I've been to a similar exhibit -- twice! And came away with similar feelings as yours. Not the least how fearfully and wonderfully we are made. Truly amazing.

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