Magazine article The Human Life Review

Cheering on the Survivors at the Oscars

Magazine article The Human Life Review

Cheering on the Survivors at the Oscars

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Non-amateur writers avoid industriously the word Orwellian, because even years ago it became an overused and underdefined cliche. But try to find another word for what Michael Caine came up with at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday on receiving a prize for his performance in "The Cider House Rules." That's the movie that's a paean to the abortion industry. And what the great actor said when finally the thunderous ovation let him be heard, was "I'm basically up here, guys, to represent you as what I hope you will all be, a survivor."

Well, George Orwell would have pondered that, all right, inasmuch as a survivor, in the context of the theme of that event, turns out to be somebody who was physically present at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, i.e., somebody who survived the mother's temptation to abort the fetus. That makes them survivors, does it not? So they are being applauded for surviving the practices celebrated by the movie... That, ladies and gentlemen, is Orwellian.

Thirty-five hundred people in the audience, to judge from the applause, were all of them expressing their enthusiasm for what the author of the movie, John Irving, had said were the real heroes of the evening, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League. Latecomers should know what "The Cider House Rules" is about, namely the ordeals and deportment of its first central figure, the same Michael Caine, who is the doctor/headmaster of the orphanage he presides over.

The orphanage is peopled with attractive children between the age of, roughly, five and twelve. The high moments in their lives are the visits of prospective adopting parents. Mr. & Mrs. Jones come in and look over the assortment of children, each one of whom hopes breathlessly that he/she will be chosen to have a home of his own. The Joneses decide on a particular boy (or girl) and drive off with their adopted offspring. Those who didn't make it are left in the Cider House to continue their schooling until the next couple looking for a child makes its acquisitive journey to the orphanage. During this period one boy, who is not adopted by anyone, for reasons not made clear since he seems very attractive and personable, begins what amounts to an internship with the doctor/headmaster, acquiring such gynecological and obstetrical skills that, before you know it, he himself has conducted an abortion. This makes him the hero, because abortion is the hero of "The Cider House Rules" (APPLAUSE!).

This is an interesting phenomenon. …

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