Thursday, January 24, 2008

Yale Daily News - a tool for future abortionists?

Yesterday, the Yale Daily News published an online article (linked to in this post) in which Rasha Khoury, a member of Yale's Medical Students for Choice, was quoted as saying,
It's not as scary as it seems. It's just blood and mucus," Khoury said, referring to the fetus remains in the device. She added, "You'll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just minuscule."
The article was focused on a presentation in which some of the Yale Medical Students for Choice explained abortion procedures and used papaya to demonstrate how an unborn child is sucked out of a uterus. After a couple of hours, the article was scrubbed from their web site.

Today, the Yale Daily News is featuring a long op-ed from Khoury explaining her presentation. I don't know what happened at the presentation (or the Yale student body's reaction to the original story) but it appears that this op-ed is all about Khoury defending herself.

Khoury now writes,
When I was asked what the contents removed from the uterus with the aspirator looked like, I said “blood and mucus,” referring to products of conception, which are then carefully studied in a separate room to ensure the gestational sac and fetal parts (if old enough), are present, ensuring that the procedure was carried out successfully.
Notice how she's very careful to use the term "fetal parts" this time instead of mentioning specific body parts like "arms and stuff" because she wouldn't want to repeat the mistake of humanizing the fetus in the minds of some.

Why the original article was scrubbed hasn't been explained as far as I can tell.

If you're wondering why the Yale Daily News gets rid of articles which provide evidence to the heartlessness of future abortion providers and then provides one future abortion provider with a large number of words to defend herself, you can type a message to Andrew Mangino who is the editor-in-chief and to Kanya Balakrishna and Cullen Macbeth who are managing editors of the Yale Daily News here. I'm also wondering if online editor Steven Siegel played any role in the removal of the original article.

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