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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Abortion research

 
I want a scientific explanation.  You heard me, I want a scientific, totally rational, well reasoned and tightly researched medical explanation and definition of the life form that grows inside the uterus of a human, pregnant female she carries when her ovary is fertilized by a human male sperm.  I am not talking about euphemistic terms or made-up terms in the medical or scientific field like "mass" or "pre-delivered form" or "fetus" or "unborn vertebrate" or "zygote" or an "ovum that has been fertilized by a spermatozoon".
Terms like "Prenatal", "embryo", "Zygote", "Blastocyst" and "Fetus" tend to serve as a covert, undercover shell game to camouflage what the female carries from the period of conception to birth.  It dulls the mind into believing the life-form inside her is some strange, unknown entity that really has no place in our world.  Hence, it is generally believed by many to be only some "mass" that has started growing inside the body that is not really worth anything until after it is delivered, at which point it takes on a value and is afforded the rights of citizens of the United States.
Wouldn't it be refreshing if all the medical doctors in our great country, who have each taken an oath to " first, do no harm" be required to tell the truth about what the woman carries in her womb?  Planned Parenthood organizations, abortion specialist and physicians performing abortions should be required to use terms like child and baby with women who are contemplating such a decision as to take the life away from that life that lives within her body.  Actual pictures should be taken with modern equipment and shown to the prospective mother that can show the characteristics of the life form growing in the womb.
Now, given that may not happen everywhere in the United States since in 1973 the legality of abortion has been upheld by the Supreme Court, a definitive determination should be made regarding what actually grows within the womb of a pregnant female human being.  Therefore, strict medical research based on scientific, medical methods and procedures should be conducted to conclusively determine the results of an aborted pregnancy specifying what would have resulted at the birth if it had been allowed to continue to the end of the third trimester.
Let a prestigious Medical School step forward to oversee the research.  The Medical School could seek out a sufficiently randomized number of abortion clinics throughout the United States to ensure representation of each population group in the United States.  The number of each of the chosen abortion clinics should provide the number of abortions completed during the past year.  The Medical School should establish a population number of abortions needed from which to draw a random number of aborted living tissue to be tested that would satisfy conclusive proof of the quality of humanness to conclusively prove, or disprove, by determination from a professional, certified source the aborted tissue was human or not human.  This group would serve as the research group.
The same Medical School could seek out a sufficiently randomized number of hospitals with maternity wards throughout the United States to ensure representation of each population group in the United States.  The number of each of the chosen hospitals should provide the number of live births delivered during the past year.  The Medical School should establish a population number of live births needed from which to draw a random number of live children to be verified that would satisfy conclusive proof of the quality of humanness to conclusively prove by determination from a professional, certified source the living child was human or not human.  This group would serve as the control group.
Under the current laws abortions would continue without change.  The Medical School would begin the research by not interfering in any way with the abortion performed as prescribed by the woman's choice and her medical professionals.  For the chosen subject the Medical School will have a medical examiner available to compete an examination post abortion on the aborted tissue.  The medical examiner will determine if the aborted tissue would have been a human being if left to develop to full term.  This examination should include DNA testing to help determine the humanness of the tissue.
The Medical school would conduct the research on live-birth children concurrently with the research on aborted tissue.  The Medical School would not interfere in any way with the birthing process as per the woman's choice and her medical professionals.  For the chosen subject the Medical School will have an external  licensed physician, other than the physician performing the delivery,  complete an examination post delivery on the living, delivered child.  The physician from the Medical School will determine if the live delivered child was a human being or not.
If under both conditions, with result findings with conclusions, it is determined conclusively, without any reasonable doubt that the designation of human being can be ascribed as per the research findings, it should be deemed in the scientific and medical communities that human pregnancies always result in producing human offspring.  Henceforth, all medically-trained professionals in obstetrics and gynecology and all specialists in babies and women  should never refer to the pregnancy as anything other than a developing human being going through the development growth process until delivery.
Many people will think this is very silly to entertain such meaningless research to prove something that is so obvious to most people in the world living presently and to most people who have lived throughout history.  And those who think this is silly have already in their heart of hearts accepted the fact that life in the womb is actually human life in the womb. 
But the real silliness is the large group of people in the United States who seemingly have dulled their thinking by believing that the child growing inside the pregnant woman is not really human yet.  By using all the medical jargon and made-up words it sooths the conscience into accepting the idea the baby growing in the womb is "worthless" and should be destroyed at the simple exercise of a choice of the woman, no matter what the reason may be.
At the very least we should admit to ourselves we are talking about a human being that is being destroyed.  That death is based sometimes on such things as it being the wrong gender, or there are enough children in the family already, or just the correction of a stupid mistake made by the woman and man who started that developing child in the first place.
A child is a child whether inside the womb or outside the womb.  If most people will recognize that fact we will be able to come to agreements through compromise that address the real medical issues faced by women during pregnancy.  All human life should be sacred and protected.  Human rights should be extended to every human, not just some who demand choices over the lives of others.
Jim Killebrew


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