Yesterday, Apple founder Steve Jobs died after suffering from a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Since then, there has been an outpouring of love and gratitude from friends, admirers, consumers, and competitors alike. Fox, however, decided to use his death to try to score political points.
During tonight's edition of The Five, co-host Greg Gutfeld stated:
GUTFELD: Jobs died Wednesday at the age of 56. Was given up for adoption after his birth to an American mom and a Syrian-born father. Apparently, the mom's father didn't want his daughter to marry a Syrian, so the baby was adopted by a working-class couple who encouraged the child's later interest in electronics. Their names were Paul and Clara Jobs.
So one hero in all of this is Steve's birth mother, who gave him up for adoption instead of choosing a more finite alternative. Imagine what a hole there would be in this world if she went the other way. Lucky for us, the choice she made was the one she made. In that sense, Steve Jobs makes me think not just of the people here but the people who aren't.
Panelist Kimberly Guilfoyle echoed Gutfeld when she said that "we're all so appreciative that he was born and ... that his mom made the choice that she did." She added, "I think that's fantastic."
On September 18, The Washington Times published an op-ed by John Paul Cassil, the managing editor of Clemson University's The Tiger Town Observer, a "conservative journal of news and opinion." According to the Times, Cassil is a "hardcore conservative."
In his op-ed titled, "Abortion, Adoption, and Steve Jobs," Cassil made the same argument as Gutfeld, asking: "What would a world look like in which Steve Jobs had been aborted?" From the op-ed:
Jobs' biological parents were Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah John Jandali. Although the details of Simpson and Jandali's relationship have not been made public, we do know a good deal about Mr. Jandali. A Syrian immigrant, he came to the United States to pursue his higher education in 1949. According to The Daily Mail, he is now vice president of a casino in Reno, Nevada. At the time, however, Joanne's parents would not allow the two to get married.
For that reason, Jobs was given up for adoption to his parents Paul and Clara Jobs.
Eighteen years later saw the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which paved the way for hundreds of millions of legal abortions to take place in the United States over the following years. In 1955, abortion was nowhere near as prevalent as it is today. It was primarily rejected by society as the termination of innocent life.
Instead, adoptions were preferred. Adoptions ensure that children are given life. Jobs' adoption was very beneficial, creating and shaping him into the leader that he would later become.
What would a world look like in which Steve Jobs had been aborted?
Out of the 52 million abortions in the US in the past 38 years, how many other Jobs's have we extinguished?
On The Five, panelist Juan Williams disagreed with Gutfeld, however, saying: "I don't know how you manage to make Steve Jobs' life into a testament against abortion in this country. That's wacky to me. But it's all right. I'll take it. You know, that's what you want to do."
But Fox has repeatedly crusaded against abortion, going so far as to demonize doctors who provide abortions and groups like Planned Parenthood that offer abortion services. Fox even hyped a video suggesting that Planned Parenthood puts babies in blenders.