Pay No Attention to the Baby on the Monitor
The Atlantic’s Bizarre Attack on Ultrasound
By Eric Metaxas
What were they thinking? An embarrassing article in The Atlantic reveals so much about the state of the pro-choice movement.
Imagine being told that microscopes falsely “advance the idea” that bacteria and viruses cause disease. Or what if someone told you that telescopes falsely “advance the idea” that galaxies exist? You’d think that person was a few fries short of a happy meal, right?
Well that’s exactly the sort of argument Moira Weigel made at The Atlantic last month in an article originally entitled—I’m not kidding: “How Ultrasound Advanced the Idea that a Fetus is a Person.” I say “originally,” because the title has since been changed to the much less provocative, “How Ultrasound Became Political.”
Either way, Weigel’s point in this bizarre rant against medical technology is to convince readers that ultrasound imaging does not, in fact, reveal babies in the womb. Rather, it’s a tool pro-lifers have used to dupe women into seeing fetuses as human beings.
She begins by recounting ultrasound’s origin as a weapon in submarine warfare—a weapon that men soon turned from the ocean’s briny depths “toward women’s bodies.”
“Ultrasound,” Weigel opines, “made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference,” (as if women never become doctors). “The framing of the ultrasound,”—again, this is a quote—“was notable for what it excluded: the woman. In order to make the fetus visible, it made her disappear.” I’m not making this up.
Weigel argues that the form on an ultrasound screen isn’t meaningfully different from the “rapidly dividing cell mass” of early pregnancy…
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