Alphonse: A Monster for Our Time

Famous Fetuses!

No, Al didn’t make the list. Pity. He needs a wealthy patron, I guess.

“The Miracle of Abortion”

Cuz, you know, they couldn’t very well call it “The Miracle of Life.”

Why yes…

…that is an aborted fetus floating downstream. Why do you ask?

Image taken from Imprint, Takashi Miike’s entry into the Masters of Horror series, and the only one to be banned from television. “Mama did work with babies, but she was more of a specialist.”

“It is known, too horribly, as a feticide.”

Woman recounts decision to end her pregnancy after learning that fetus has Trisomy 2 Mosaicism.

Some notable quotations:

Termination was an option, the consultant said. I refused: how could I kill a wanted baby, who might survive and be OK? By now I knew my baby was a girl and I already thought of her as a little person.

The doctors all made it clear they thought a termination was for the best. Mickael said he’d be supportive of whatever decision I made, but he was also clear that it wouldn’t be fair to let our baby suffer.

You start to convince yourself that the doctors might be wrong and that, even if they aren’t, it doesn’t matter what problems your baby may have, you will love her anyway.
In the end, two people persuaded me that my only option was to terminate. The first was a consultant geneticist at Great Ormond Street Hospital who made it very clear that if I continued with my pregnancy, Elodie’s life would be, to borrow from Thomas Hobbes, ‘nasty, brutish and short’.

The second was an old friend, who has severely disabled twins, born very prematurely. She reminded me how much her children have suffered during the nine years of their lives, and how much the rest of the family has suffered, too. She said that as a good mother, I could only make one decision for my baby: to end her life to prevent her suffering.

Because she was less than 24 weeks gestation when she was born, Elodie’s birth and death will never be registered.

The name plate on her coffin and the funeral certificate are the only places I will ever see her name officially printed. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to write this article: to see the name Elodie Lorinquer in print, to record her existence.

I don’t think of Elodie’s death as a termination. To me it was a stillbirth. Nature got it wrong and needed help.Elodie will never suffer now: she only ever knew love and peace.

 

Just go read this.

Spanish Doctor Botches Abortion, Forced to Pay for ‘Oops’ Baby.

Giger

With the impending release of the Alien prequel Prometheus, a body’s thoughts may find themselves drifting back to H.R. Giger, the man who designed the original Alien xenomorph…

“What led me to paint these repulsive children’s heads which frighten all women?  What scares me most is overpopulation, with all its horrifying side effects such as epidemics, mass hysteria, famine, and total environment destruction.  For me, the greatest criminals against mankind are those who, with the help of religion, or false ethics, forbid the pill, prevent abortions, and hinder old people from dying.”

And here’s a lovely young lady at the Giger Bar!

“Pills Filled With Powdered Human Baby Flesh”

“The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.”

I’m not making this up.  Please consider donating.

“A Frankenstein reboot.”

Dorian Speed at Scrutinies was kind enough to chat with me about Alphonse, among other things.

“Exposing forced abortions.”

“Chen, a well-known dissident who angered authorities in rural China by exposing forced abortions, made a surprise escape from house arrest a week ago into what activists say is the protection of U.S. diplomats in Beijing, posing a delicate diplomatic crisis for both governments”

“I want to have your abortion.”

File under:  lines you almost heard in David Fincher’s Fight Club.