Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 21: "Weeding out the unfit"
The mentality that drives abortion is not “choice” or “privacy.” It is control.
Abortion survives on the philosophy of might makes right and the idea that the powerful can control the fate of the weak.
In her book Woman and the New Race,
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wrote that birth control “is
nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding
out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who
will become defectives.”
This elitist view strips away the dignity of the human person,
especially those deemed as “unfit” or a “defective.” This mentality
sheds light on a growing trend, as today is World Down Syndrome Day.
The sad truth is that people with Down syndrome are disappearing.
With the advent of fetal testing, a diagnosis of Down syndrome has
become a death sentence, as the parents of these children are often told
the best course of action is abortion – an action they take an
estimated 92 percent of the time.
A recent report in Iceland says that country’s figure is closer to 100 percent.
These stats say the worst about our society.
The reality is that those labeled as “unfit” can teach us more about
God’s love and our own humanity that many others can. Children with
disabilities can take more work, time and sacrifice -- but they are not a
burden. This is seen in the joy of children with disabilities and their
We discuss their courage and share the devastating impact abortion has on those with disabilities in this podcast episode.
It is very moving to see children with disabilities praying at a 40 Days for Life vigil, and it happens often.
There is usually a story behind their presence at the abortion facility,
because many parents are pressured to abort. When they chose life, that
child becomes a witness to God's unconditional love.
I have an exciting update about one of my favorite all-time 40 Days for
Life stories involving a child with disabilities that I can’t wait to
tell you about – but I can’t reveal it just yet! But it’s coming soon.
In the meantime, here are a couple of stories about faithful parents who
decided it was better to trust God than to trust the experts.
When the 40 Days for Life team met with Sacramento volunteers on a bus
tour stop, they were introduced to a woman who had received troubling
news from her doctor.
She was told there was between a 40 and 60 percent chance that her baby
would be born with Down syndrome or another chromosomal anomaly, or
perhaps a heart problem. Faced with such a diagnosis, the doctor started
to advise an abortion.
The baby’s parents quickly cut him off. They would accept and love whatever child God gave them.
That was almost five years ago. These parents attended the 40 Days for
Life vigil recently ... with their completely healthy child.
The medical diagnosis could have easily been explained from a “glass is
half full” perspective – that the baby had a 40 to 60 percent chance of
being fine. But based on even a hint of problems, the prospect of
abortion was raised almost immediately.
Thankfully, these were strong parents with a strong faith!
Baia Mare, Romania
One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers met a friend at the vigil who stopped to offer a big hug and a thank you.
A year ago, this woman’s sister was pregnant, and the doctors
recommended a battery of fetal tests – something that’s become common in
what they consider high-risk pregnancies.
The tests came back indicating the baby could possibly have Down
syndrome or trisomy-18. The almost immediate recommendation from the
“experts” was abortion.
The mother was admittedly suspicious of the test results, but was nonetheless determined to keep her child no matter what.
“She shared the most wonderful news,” the volunteer said. “Her sister
has a perfectly healthy baby and has enjoyed every moment. I thank God
for the decision she made!”
The Baia Mare team member said this story serves as a reminder to women
who have doubts, who may panic when told of unexpected problems with
their babies. The message is: trust God, choose life.
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up
the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil
day and having done all, to stand.
-- Ephesians 6:12-13
Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we
be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. Thank you for hearing our
requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is
ours because of Your Son Jesus.