I wonder how many millions watched the TV show "HOUSE" last night, saw the tiny human hand of the unborn baby ("FETUS!" as the character Gregory House kept hissing up till that point) reach out during its fetal surgery to firmly and lengthily grasp House's rubber-gloved finger, and thought to themselves, "Oh, that would never happen in real life!"
I was jumping out of my chair with joy when I saw the scene! It really did happen in real life! That's where they got the scene idea from! They didn't make it up, they ripped it right from the (pro-life) headlines:
the actual photo of Baby Samuel Armas grasping his surgeon's finger (scroll down the post a bit). [We displayed this photo by Michael Clancy, www.michaelclancy.com - with permission for the After Abortion site only; read Michael's comments to us here]Read the story of how Samuel reacted to the brush of the surgeon's finger by grabbing it in his fist and when the surgeon tried to jostle Samuel's little hand, the little guy sort of "finger-wrestled" with the doc.
You can see Samuel at age 3 and a half in this photo here.
The House character was mesmerized by the completely human movement of the baby's hand, by its grip, by its life, and stood there transfixed for at least a minute, even gently pressing his thumb to the tiny fist in a sort of handshake. After that, House began calling the "fetus" a baby and seemed to regret having advised the mom to abort even though her own life was in danger.
The show ended with House returning home, alone as usual, sitting down and contemplating the truth of what he had experienced, lightly rubbing together his fingertips that had been on the receiving end of that tiny baby's grateful grasp.
When I saw the previews for this show, I thought, "Oh no, not another abortion recommendation from House. Wouldn't it be great if they did a Baby-Samuel-hand-grasp-during-fetal-surgery instead?"
The House character has become increasingly caustic and despicable this season. I wonder if this is an indication of his humanity returning, even just a little.
I applaud the writers and actors for this bold episode.
Cross-posted on After Abortion