Is possible to be shocked and yet not surprised? You might find the answer to that question in an article by a two university ethicists in the Journal of Medical Ethics, a prestigious, peer-reviewed journal, titled, “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” (Alberto Glubillini & Francesca Minerva, Journal of Medical Ethics, February 23, 2012)
The abstract states: “Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”
This is not a plot from a cheap science-fiction novel. This is the logical conclusion of human rationalization. The writers use science to prove one pro-life argument but link it with faulty logic. The shocking element of their argument is that they are so callously blatant about it. Their argument also shoots holes in the “for the protection of the mother” argument. There is no difference between a human fetus and a new born baby, an argument pro-life people have been making since Roe v. Wade. They couple that fact with the conclusion, “If we are allowed to kill unborn babies at will, why draw the fine line at birth?”
Jesus said, “Because lawlessness is increased, most peoples’ love will grow cold.” (Matthew: 24:12)
By lawlessness, he is not only referring to breaking the standard and accepted laws of society, like running a stop sign or knocking-off the Piggly Wiggly, although both actions could endanger human lives. (After all, killing babies is “legal” through abortion) He was talking about moral relativism, determinism, and situational ethics. He was warning us about the end times when a majority of people would determine what is right and wrong, based upon expediency rather than God’s written word.
Social degradation does not happen overnight. It occurs in stages as the society becomes desensitized to the current conditions, and gives up in despair. A few years ago, people would have been shocked to learn the principles of bio-engineering and eugenics. These concepts were first practised in experimental levels in America. Indiana (1907) was the first state to legalize the practice of involuntary sterilization to engineer a more perfect human race. Criteria for sterilization included insanity, criminal history, and “pauperism.”
Eugenics was later embraced exponentially during Hitler’s self-imposed reign of terror, with race becoming a major factor in the equation. Now, the mention of the evils of Hitler, coupled with the argument of who determines the quality and duration of life, barely receive a glance up from other activities or even a courteous yawn.
When men and women draw the fine line between human life beginning at conception, at birth, or sometime into the childhood, we are shooting at a moving target. Soon we decide, “Why not allow anybody needing medical attention at the age of 90 to just die?” Then we argue, “Maybe, 80 is a better number and forget about the needing medical attention part.” Finally, the argument becomes, “How do we ‘assist in termination’ at the age of 65? After all the number of retired people is becoming a drain on society.”
Pray that your hearts do not grow cold. Pray for a pro-life revival. Continue to use God’s written word as your standard, not the humanistic determinism that directs society. Do not let anybody tell you the Bible is irrelevant in the determination of policy and the conduct of human affairs. Since most of our laws were based upon the Mosaic Laws, it is still relevant.
Jerry is a retired school teacher who has always had a passion for writing and reading. He enjoys wood, metal and leather working in his shops at home. He loves to travel and spend time with his family. Jerry just released his first book, Woodcutter’s Revival, an historical fiction adventure set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution. The book is about betrayal, forgiveness, leadership and education. There is even a love story contained in the pages. Find Jerry's other book, Revived: Story of Publishing A Christian Novel on Kindle at Amazon.com.