Archive | June, 2013

Rambling of the Day: In defense of the defenseless

7 Jun

Excuse my hiatus, followers. I have been insanely busy with, well – life, pretty much, so I’ve barely had any time to do anything I want to do. I have had so much I’ve wanted to write about recently, so expect a lot of rambling ahead!

When the story about Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor found guilty of infanticide and murder in Philadelphia, I wanted to do a post about it. Then when another one was charged in Texas I was going to do one about both of them. And I really, really wanted to do one when they found that Chinese baby alive in a drain pipe the other week. But now that all of these things have passed, I think I have the perfect opportunity now to talk about what I am taking from all of this.

I think the abortion argument in our country, and perhaps others too, is backwards. I think we are fighting the wrong battle. One side claims it wants to save unborn children from an unfair death, and the other side claims it wants to defend a woman’s right to choose what happens inside her own body. Both sides lobby the political arena, as if making the act of abortion legal or illegal will somehow address the root of the problem. I don’t believe it will.

What is in the heart of a man or woman who can look their newborn infant in the eye and then flush him down the toilet? Perhaps this is not the same sickness that is in the heart of a woman who can look at an ultrasound of her third trimester pregnancy and have a late-term abortion, but I am tempted to deem them similar. How hardened does your heart have to be for you to agree with a law that says if a fetus is inside the womb at 24 weeks it can be aborted, but if it happens to come out it is suddenly a human being with the right to be saved? Not only is this completely ludicrous, but it is just plain sickening.

I have a feeling Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are merely the tip of the iceberg in this issue. The atrocities these men are accused of, including snipping the spines of newborns born alive, twisting their heads off and stabbing instruments into their heads to complete these “abortions,” are almost too gruesome to believe. Even pro-abortion activists can’t defend the actions of these murderers. Obviously activists on both sides of the abortion issue can agree that these men took things entirely too far. Even so, I have to question if there is really a moral difference – in the eyes of God, humanity, or any moral authority you may believe in – between killing that infant outside the womb and doing the same thing, often in an even more gruesome manner, to the same viable infant inside the womb.

Interestingly enough, Gosnell’s attorney, Jack McMahon, actually brought this up as part of his defense for his client during the trial. He described the disturbing details of what happens in a legal abortion, where fetuses are often dismembered, taken out of the womb in pieces, etc., in his defense of Gosnell. This seemed completely absurd to me at first, but it actually makes perfect sense.

“If McMahon can prove that abortion is gruesome and that his client was merely participating in its legal practice, then the notion that his client did nothing out of the ordinary is a bit stronger.” – Billy Hallowell, The Blaze

As someone who has had a child, mental images of born-alive infants being murdered in cold blood under the pretense of a medical procedure is disturbing enough. However, I would almost say that this other aspect of the whole ordeal is equally, if not more, upsetting to me. Activists can prance around all day long spouting rhetoric about a woman’s right to her body, ya-da ya-da till the cows come home, but at the end of the day, what does that mean? Does that mean that a woman has the right to allow a medical specialist to dismember and gruesomely terminate a life growing inside of her, weeks and weeks into the growth of her baby?

Since all of these stories have popped up I’ve watched several of the investigative videos by Live Action, the pro-life group that has gone undercover to several abortion clinics to expose the unlawful and immoral practices of those working in these clinics. I have to say I am actually surprised by the extent of the malpractice occurring in these allegedly professional clinics. If you are interested at all in this issue, you should really take a look at some of the videos. They are not graphic; the women simply go undercover into the clinics to ask the doctors and nurses questions about abortions. The responses from the medical professionals are very shocking, both from a legal and moral standpoint.

Anyway, I know I’ve gone on and on and I will try to wrap this up as concisely as possible. Gosnell’s attorney actually concluded his argument saying he thinks they should change the legal cutoff for an abortion to 16 or 17 weeks to avoid this kind of problem. Maybe he’s getting closer to figuring out what’s wrong with this whole thing, but he’s missing the point. The point isn’t about what’s deemed legal and illegal, and it’s not about the technicalities of whether the baby is in the womb or outside of it.

The point is that once you’ve conceived that baby, your decisions aren’t about your own body. They are now about the life of another human being. Planned Parenthood will tell you, when you go in for an abortion at six weeks, that your baby is nothing more than a mass of cells. I know because that’s what they told me when I almost made the worst mistake of my life. I found out later that same week that that mass of cells already had a detectable heartbeat.

The activists do have one thing right – this is about a choice. It’s not about a choice about what a woman can do with her own body. It’s a choice between life and death. It’s a choice between valuing human life and treating it as a disposable inconvenience. The technicalities of how many weeks along you can be to have the abortion, whether the fetus is inside the womb when it is terminated or outside – these are just ways of making the issue part of a political agenda instead of focusing on what it is really about: the devaluing of human life. We are becoming a cold society immune to the plight of the very weakest and most helpless among us. Those who deserve our love and care the most are not even being given the chance to take their first breath. We have to open our eyes and realize that there will indeed be consequences for the ruthless and cold-hearted manner in which we deal have dealt with our responsibilities.  We need to choose life – not because it furthers a political agenda, but because the redemption of our conscience and humanity as a society depends on it.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17, NIV

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