Last week, according to news reports, 71 boxes filled with over 2,000 fetuses were discovered in a doctor’s garage. Another 165 fetuses were found in the doctor’s car. Put aside the debate about abortion for a moment. The question that readers should ask themselves is, what kind of country allows thousands of fetuses to be found in a car garage?

Americans tend to believe that the United States is a first-world nation, many thinking that it is the premiere nation of the world. Debates about the medical industry or pharmaceuticals invariably leads to narratives about how great the American medical prowess is.

The Democrat presidential contenders are arguing about who can offer the best solution to the medical crisis in the country.

Through all this, almost all Americans believe that America’s medial industry has no equal across the globe.

Yet, in Chicago, a well-known provider of medical abortions kept boxes of fetuses in his garage. No one, not two, but thousands of fetuses.

The Washington Post quoted vice-president Mike Pense that the find should “shock the consciousness of every American”.

Pence is correct, not because of Pence’s stand on abortion, but, rather that it happened in America, the first nation according to many Americans.

Dr. Ulrich Klofer, who horded that remains in his garage, argued for women’s’ rights as he performed the abortions in a community that kept adding more and more restrictive abortion limits. Klofer’s hording of the remains is part of the debate on abortion but his hording is more than about women’s rights.

It is about a country so divided over social issues, unable to come to a nation-wide national agreement that thousands of fetuses are kept in a doctor’s garage.

Americans need to stop talking about the border or how other nations govern and begin focusing on what is going on in America. Not by closing the border and not by proclaiming “America first,” but by having an open and sincere discussion about what values Americans should hold.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...