I just got back from a run in our neighborhood. On the way I passed a woman with Down's Syndrome. These days whenever I see a person with this syndrome it always sobers me, saddens me, and angers me. Why would that be?
Because today 90% of women who are given the news that their baby in the womb has Down's, elect to have that child
Technology is taking us to very a dark place. We should see it coming. The days are looming upon us when we'll be able to know everything about the baby in the womb. Things beyond characteristics such as hair color, eye color and potential height to tendencies towards certain personality distinctions or even certain diseases.
Could we be inadvertently creating a "master race" of people through abortion? Should this not cause us to shutter? (See Eugenics) Can you imagine a culture where people are constantly wondering, "Wow, how did they guy make it out? He is a freak! I wish he had been terminated." If it is acceptable to terminated a child simply because they have Down's Syndrome and a parent doesn't want to deal with this challenge, what other types of kids should we add to the list? The scope of technology in the future is going to allow our list to be extremely long.
Just to be clear, I am no fanboy of Republican politics. I know there are as many crooked politicians on the right as the left (maybe even more!). I don't have a FoxNews bummer stick on my truck and I actually think Bill O'Reilly is quite the buffoon. But if you think you can align yourself with a president who believes that it should be a fundamental right to pursue the option of killing a child with Down's Syndrome just because it happens to resides inside the mother, you are sadly mistaken. Tragically mistaken.
Yes, I know there are no perfect politicians and as I said above, I am not disillusioned enough to think that "we just need to get a Republican in office and then all our problems will be solved". But politicians CAN do things to change laws. How do you think we got abortion legalized in the first place? Because of politicians and supreme court justices who are appointed by politicians. If politicians can enact the freedom to abort they can also take it away.
Did Bush do a lot of horrible things in his tenure as president? One could certainly make that case as many have. Some believe that the war in Iraq was Bush's main crime against humanity and would cite this as evidence for why we should keep Obama in office. But there is no moral equivalency between a war in Iraq and the systematic killing of children in the womb. In order for there to be moral equivalence we would have to kill 1.2 million people every year in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are nowhere near that. That is not to say that a war in Afghanistan may be unjust it's simply to say that you can't make the case that "pro-life politicians have really bad policies too, (like an unjust war), so let's just be ambivalent on the abortion issue."
Can you think of anything worse than the legalized, silent, and sterile murder of 1.2 million children every year? Should not abortion be a trump card issue for Christians and all thinking people for that matter?
But if you are a Christian, we can't just place our hope solely in the legal system to change laws (as needed as that is). Are there any women in your sphere of influence who you think might consider abortion if they got pregnant? Does your life come into contact with unbelievers who typically see this as no big deal? What are you doing to make the alternative of adoption be a compelling first response for women? In this upcoming election season there will be ample opportunities to engage people with this issue. Do you have the courage to engage them and do so in a way that is winsome and doesn't fit the stereo-type of the FoxNews freak?
Try to think of the last time you saw someone with Down's Syndrome. If you are over thirty, you probably have memories of seeing them around quite a bit more. That's no longer the case and this should cause us to weep, peacefully act, and pray.
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