From Rescuing Frozen Embryos to Respecting the Limits of Nature: Reframing the Embryo Adoption Debate

  • Paul Lauritzen
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 95)
In 1985, Gary Trudeau and the Universal Press Syndicate agreed not to run six installments of the comic strip “Doonesbury” which parodied “The Silent Scream,” an anti-abortion film that showed ultrasound images of an abortion of a 12-weekold fetus taking place. The ultrasound images of the abortion depicted in “The Silent Scream” were accompanied by commentary from a physician–narrator, Bernard Nathanson, who had once performed abortions but had become a staunch opponent of abortion. In fact, the film takes its name from a series of images which Nathanson describes as follows:

We can see the tip [of the abortion instrument] move back and forth as the abortionist seeks the child’s body. Once again we can see the child’s mouth wide open in a silent scream in this particular freeze frame. This is the silent scream of a child threatened imminently with extinction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lauritzen
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  1. 1.Director of the Program in Applied Ethics and Professor of Religious StudiesJohn Carroll UniversityClevelandUSA

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