By Rob Schwarzwalder
Friday the Grey Lady carries an op-ed titled, “A Chance for the Bluefin.” It begins with this sentence: “There finally might be a reprieve for the bluefin tuna of the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, which are spiraling rapidly downward toward commercial extinction.” The piece waxes eloquent about the need to protect the bluefin, an important food resource for the U.S. and much of the world.
That’s good news. But given The Times’ addictive advocacy of unrestricted access to abortion on demand (federally funded, at that), I could not help but being impressed by the unintended irony of the op-ed’s title. This year, somewhere between 1.2 and 1.4 million unborn children will be aborted in the United States. 1 This does not count the many who will die due to abortafacient contraceptives.
It is estimated that more than 70 percent of the abortion facilities in the United States are located in or near minority population centers. 2 The “black genocide” is real, as the abortion industry targets little ones of color long the targets of eugenicists like Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, formerly the research arm of Planned Parenthood, notes, “[T]he abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.” 3
Worldwide, approximately 42 million unborn children will be killed in utero this year, many of them due to the largesse of the United States (the Obama Administration’s funding of international “family planning” groups that provide abortions to women in the developing world). 4 Although the Times warns against “waking up one day and discovering there are no tuna left to fish,” protecting those little lives far outweighs protecting tuna. As Jesus said to His disciples, “You are far more valuable than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). He might have added, “and than many fish.”
I’m glad the bluefin might be saved. I like a good tuna salad sandwich as much as the next guy. But I long for the day when as much moral urgency will be given the preservation of the unborn as The New York Times has today given to the continued sustenance of a fish.