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Evil always prefers operating in the dark

Thinking it Through

T he abortion business has come to the High Desert. The newly minted Planned Parenthood (PP) facility is located in Victorville, coincidentally at the lowest point of the shopping center on Park Avenue near Palmdale Road and the Interstate 15 freeway. The iron gate may be open to the fenced area surrounding the 10,213 square foot building, but there are no signs of life (fittingly).

The building cost an estimated $2.2 million to refashion from its former identify as a Chuck E Cheese franchise, and it is now securely ensconced behind a seven-foot high iron pike fence with an iron gate.

But apparently whoever is in charge of the abortion clinic is not answering telephone calls from the City of Victorville, according to Mayor Pro-Tem Ryan McEachron who, along with Councilwoman Angela Valles, originally had opposed granting a building permit to the operators. Both spoke at the Concerned Citizens March for Life on January 19 at the driveway entrance.

McEachron told the assembled crowd of more than 100 men, women and children that Victorville city staff members have been attempting to contact PP but no one is answering the telephone. The facility, after all, like any other “business,” must comply with health and safety codes.

His concern was about whether abortions may already be going on, contrary to denials that they will be committed, and over whether plans have been made for assisting women whose abortions lead to serious complications requiring emergency services.

On its official website PP denies that it performs abortions. However, as a man attending the March volubly declared, “That’s where the money is.” There are at least nine cubicles, which seem unlikely places for other “health services” related to pregnancy and even LGBT issues!
The apparent PP preference for skulking around reminds us of how disreputable abortion truly is, for it is an act of incredible violence against a helpless human being who has the misfortune of being carried by someone willing to kill it, usually for reasons of convenience rather than extreme danger to the mother.

Defenders of abortion violence typically go into high dudgeon when anyone draws a parallel between that heinous crime and chattel slavery. For example, when Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) pointed out that Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (1973) held that the unborn child is not a person, just as Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) declared that blacks were not persons, former Senator Carol Mosley Brown (D-Illinois) was deeply offended. Too bad: the truth hurts.

When we give the parallel between abortion and slavery its due weight, we can appreciate the remarks of Abraham Lincoln in 1854 when he made a lengthy speech in opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise ban on slavery in the old Louisiana Territory. Consider his characterization of slave dealers:

“[Y]ou have amongst you, a sneaking individual, of the class of native tyrants, known as the "SLAVE-DEALER." He watches your necessities, and crawls up to buy your slave, at a speculating price. If you cannot help it, you sell to him; but if you can help it, you drive him from your door. You despise him utterly. You do not recognize him as a friend, or even as an honest man. Your children must not play with his; they may rollick freely with the little negroes, but not with the "slave-dealer's children". If you are obliged to deal with him, you try to get through the job without so much as touching him. It is common with you to join hands with the men you meet; but with the slave dealer you avoid the ceremony — instinctively shrinking from the snaky contact. If he grows rich and retires from business, you still remember him, and still keep up the ban of non-intercourse upon him and his family.”

The best proof that abortionists are the equivalent of slave dealers is the fact that fewer doctors are willing to engage in the nasty business. That is why the Democrat-controlled California State Legislature has passed laws authorizing physician assistants and midwives to suction, poison or slice innocent infants instead. Indeed, it may lend a bit of truth to

Victorville PP’s stated claim that it does not commit abortions — because there’s a shortage of “doctors” and their less-qualified substitutes are not yet available in sufficient numbers to do what has always made PP far more money than any other medical service.

Good citizens should keep up the pressure on abortionists, whether open or hiding, so that we avoid perpetuating infanticide beyond 41 years and matching the 250 years during which slavery was maintained on the North American continent before its glorious abolition.

Richard Reeb taught political science, philosophy and journalism at Barstow College from 1970 to 2003. He is the author of "Taking Journalism Seriously: 'Objectivity' as a Partisan Cause" (University Press of America, 1999). He can be contacted at

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