8.17.2017

Where Abortion Seems Particularly Wrong

This article, on the near-eradication of the birth of children with Down syndrome in some countries, caught my attention, and in particular this quote near the end (emphases are mine):

Over at Landspitali University Hospital, Helga Sol Olafsdottir counsels women who have a pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality. They speak to her when deciding whether to continue or end their pregnancies. Olafsdottir tells women who are wrestling with the decision or feelings of guilt: "This is your life — you have the right to choose how your life will look like."
She showed Quijano a prayer card inscribed with the date and tiny footprints of a fetus that was terminated.
Quijano noted, "In America, I think some people would be confused about people calling this 'our child,' saying a prayer or saying goodbye or having a priest come in -- because to them abortion is murder."
Olafsdottir responded, "We don't look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication... preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder -- that's so black and white. Life isn't black and white. Life is grey."
Of course, gender-selective abortion is practiced in many countries, including China and India.  And, of course, advancing technologies promise to provide expectant parents even more information and potentially more reasons to decide whether or not to proceed.

It seems to me that if we condemn racial supremacy and gender inequality, and if we choose to be accepting of all irrespective of physical/intellectual ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, if we desire to be a society in which all are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, if all of that...then we must find this line of thinking abhorrent.

I agree on one level that life isn't black and white.  But I also believe that life is precious.  These lives matter.  Shame on us if we continue to go down this path.






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