Two woman are believed to have stolen a 13-week-old unborn child on display in an art/science exhibit. The baby’s body was infused with plastics in a process called plastination and was part of the “Body World 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies.” It’s a disgusting and macabre exploitation of human beings and an offense against the dignity of the human person. So what’s the reaction of the people who perpetrated this indignity in the first place?

“We are deeply concerned and disappointed by the theft of this invaluable and irreplaceable specimen,” Angelina Whalley, director of the Institute for Plastination, said in a statement. “How can somebody do this ... it’s such a disrespect,” she said.

Remember, she’s referring to the people who removed the baby’s body, oops, I mean “specimen,” from the exhibit, not to the disgusting things she and her “institute” did to it in the first place. Sometimes the hypocrisy is astounding.

  • That is creepy.  The plastination and display of a 13 week old baby is creepy.  I never liked the exhibitions of human corpses anyway; I would rather give them a proper burial.

  • That baby is someone’s son or daughter…not a “specimen”.  Think of your own child or a brother or a sister being plasticized and put on displat as a “specimen” for people, including young people to come and see.  Beyond creepy, in this case, it’s demonic.  And the sooner we wake up from our comfortable American lives and moderate, “center-of-the-road” politics and religion, the better.  The slope just gets slipperier.

  • an invaluable and irreplaceable ‘specimen’?…or an ‘unrepeatable person’ (John Paul II)??