By Martha Schieber
Over 1,100 people filled a sold-out ballroom in Kansas City on September 20 to listen to a man who says he’s not politically correct in an age where political correctness permeates most aspects of our society. Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, thanked the Vitae Foundation and its donors for standing up for an issue that relates to political incorrectness.
“Thank you for caring for those who can’t speak for themselves. Someone has to do that!” Dr. Carson told the overflow audience of pro-life supporters.
As the only pediatric surgeon who has successfully separated Siamese twins who were joined at the head, Dr. Carson has traveled the world to share his experiences and to learn from others. He told an interesting story about being at a conference in South Africa with the Director of the ACLU who said to him, “Our job is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Dr. Carson said that inspired him to share a story with the ACLU leader about a woman who came to him at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who was 33 weeks pregnant. She was on her way to Kansas to get an abortion because her baby had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. “Fortunately I was able to talk her out of the abortion. The baby was born, and we were able to operate successfully.”
After the applause from the audience died down, Dr. Carson continued his story by stating he asked the Director if he spoke on behalf of that baby. “That baby was thirty-three weeks gestation, which means that baby could survive unassisted outside its mother. But he kind of hemmed and hawed and just couldn’t really come up with an answer.”
Later on that evening the two men were eating dinner together, and Dr. Carson wanted to continue the conversation. He tried to make it easy on the ACLU Director by asking if his organization would speak out on behalf of babies who are born at 24, 25, even 26 weeks gestation who are using ventilators and are receiving maximum life support. “Oh yeah, no problem. We’d definitely advocate for those babies,” he told Dr. Carson. “So I said the one that is several weeks further along and would be viable with no life support outside the mother’s womb, you would have trouble defending but the one who is immature and needs a lot of assistance you don’t have any problem defending that baby?” The Director responded: “I realize that doesn’t make any sense.” He then went on to say, “I believe a mother has a right to kill her baby until one second before it’s born.” Dr. Carson shared that the current ACLU leader admitted he would never say that publicly.
“That’s the kind of mentality we face in this nation. The fact is that we can sit around and talk about ancient civilizations and call them barbaric, yet we sacrifice little babies. We’re no better than they are. We may be worse. Millions upon millions of innocent little human beings who have no chance of defending themselves, are placed in the safest environment that God could place them in, and we found a way to go in there and murder them,” Dr. Carson noted in a voice filled with disbelief.
“It’s become politically incorrect to talk about it. If you don’t believe in abortion then the PC police will call you some kind of fanatic and say you are waging a war against women,” Dr. Carson explained. “I am not politically correct. If they can keep us from discussing things, then we don’t engage in the conversation and change the fabric of the nation. It’s our job to change the fabric of this nation!”
As an intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Carson said he would walk the floors and see CEO’s of companies, presidents of organizations, and Crown Princes and Queens from assorted nations all dying of some horrible disease. Every single one of them would have gladly given every title and every penny for a clean bill of health. It taught this young doctor to see how important a human life actually is and what physicians are dealing with.
“I wish sometimes that people who very cavalierly kill could understand just how important those lives are,” the pro-life physician noted. “Many people that I know personally had mothers who were planning an abortion, and something happened. They didn’t abort, and [those children] went on to become outstanding people. When you stop and think about those stories, it gives you a different perspective.”
Before Dr. Carson’s keynote address, Vitae Vice President Anne Carmichael shared some good news with Vitae’s supporters. Along with abortion clinics in the Kansas City area turning up the heat, Vitae’s marketing approaches are working here and around the country.
“Year to date, we have saved 512 babies in the Greater Kansas City area and 3,207 babies across the country. Together with our donors, the Pregnancy Help Centers and our high velocity media strategies, we are winning!” Carmichael stated.
The Vitae Foundation is a national non-profit organization which uses mass media to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies. Vitae pioneered the research that provides a results-driven approach in using media to address the abortion issue. Vitae’s presence in the Kansas City media market has included ads on television, radio, Internet, outdoor billboards, and buses.