On April 8 or 9, on public television, NOVA had a 1-hour documentary about two little girls, Siamese twins, born in Bangladesh, conjoined at the top of their heads. They were abandoned at birth and eventually adopted by an Australian woman.
A team of specialists and neurosurgeons became involved in assessing the possibility of separating the girls, determining the chances of their survival. The optimum time for the operation would be at 3 years of age and no later.
So, the team of doctors, around seven or eight in number, invested 3 years of their lives caring for these twins and planning their strategies. There had to be enormous expense involved. They were also fully invested emotionally and physically.
The operations were a complete success, and a year later, the little girls were blossoming into beautiful and happy children. To see the tears of joy on the faces of the doctors and the adoptive mother was something I’ll never forget.
I have a comment and a question. There can be a debate about abortions as a result of incest or rape. My question is this: When and why did Americans, collectively, put their consciences through a shredder and decide that the lives of fetuses could be deemed an inconvenience and end those lives in a truly horrific way? That is my question. What happened to us that so warped our senses?
Maybe we need to change the last line of our Pledge of Allegiance. It could then read, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all … that is, for all who are outside the womb.”