Syria, Sarin Gas, and a Nation of Hypocrites



Posted at Abolish Human Abortion:

Published April 13, 2017

On April 4, 2017 the Assad regime deployed sarin gas against rebels in the northern portion of Syria. Social media sites and news outlets are full of the grim results of the attack, with some of the more poignant pictures being dead or dying children. Commenting on this atrocity, President Donald Trump said, "Yesterday's chemical attack, a chemical attack so horrific in Syria against innocent people including women, small children, and even beautiful little babies, their deaths was an affront to humanity. These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated." Sarin is a potent nerve agent, which inhibits the proper function of an enzyme that is crucial for “turning off” the signals responsible for controlling muscle and gland function. Large doses of the compound can lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, and inhibited respiratory function. It truly is a horrific substance that can leave a person maimed or dead.

There’s no doubt the chemical warfare that was mercilessly unleashed against the Syrian people is abhorrent and ought to be denounced in the strongest of terms. However, in condemning these actions, the people of the United States open themselves up to charges of hypocrisy, for our nation is guilty of far more heinous crimes. We legally sanction the slaughter of thousands of babies each day under the auspice of an unconstitutional judicial ruling. These preborn children are guilty of no crime, yet they are brutally killed through a violent acts of aggression. Take for instance the use of saline in a second trimester abortion. Here a portion of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus is replaced with a concentrated saline solution. The salt solution chemically burns the child and ultimately causes death. Alternatively, several chemical agents used as emergency contraception are known to kill human beings if the contraceptive function of the drug fails (e.g., see mifepristone or copper IUDs). While, these forms of abortion and the use of sarin gas in Syria on April 4 are not identical issues, there are two important parallels. First, both acts make use of a chemical agent specifically designed to kill human beings. And second, these compounds are both used against innocent people. If deploying sarin gas against “beautiful little babies” is “an affront to humanity”, then just what is abortion?


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