A California professor has come under fire for claiming that a baby in the womb is a “parasite” that is “just like cancer” in a woman’s body.
According to Campus Reform, Stanford Medical student Dylan Griswold was alerted to the male professor’s lecture when he was sent a photo of a slide projected in the classroom.
The slide told students that there are “parallels between fetuses and cancers.”
The slide added that a fetus is a “legitimate parasite” that “rapidly grows, invades, manipulates [the] immunity of [the] mother” and “reshapes blood vessels.”
Cancer, the slide added, “crashes the party” and is also responsible for the aforementioned effects.”
“No joke, a friend just sent me this slide from her upper-level biology course. I’m speechless. Create your own caption,” Griswold wrote on Twitter.
“In a country where abortion on demand/till birth is becoming the norm, it becomes increasingly important to recognize the dignity of both the mother and her unborn child,” Griswold told Campus Reform.
“This slide, while intended to show similar mechanisms of invasive processes, both implicitly and explicitly pathologizes pregnancy. It is no wonder why Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions each year – we treat pregnancy as a disease to be avoided at any cost – often at the highest expense, the life of the unborn child,” Griswold added.
The professor has gone unidentified thus far and the school has not made any statement on the class work.
While the points on the slide are connections that could be made, the fact the slide treats a fetus like a disease or an invasive parasite undermines a respect for human life and hardens hearts against babies in the womb.
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