There are some news stories that are so abhorrently repulsive, the only explanation for such behavior is the stark horror of man’s inhumanity to man. On January 29, 2019, Virginia House delegate, Kathy Tran, presented a bill before a committee, advocating for a loosening of existing abortion laws and allowing for third-trimester abortions. If enacted, it would allow a mother, with the doctor’s consent, to abort their child, even at the time of delivery, if for no other reason than the mother’s state of mental distress.
Even more appalling was Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s response to this testimony. “So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered,” Governor Northam said. “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” Sadly, Governor Northam is also a pediatric neurologist.
The shrill voices, clothed under the noble moniker of women’s health, shot back and defended delegate Tran. Yet, the fact remains that her bill would allow a full term infant to be aborted and left to die if the mother and treating physician mutually agreed with this decision. There are few topics as divisive as abortion. Good people from all political, religious, and moral viewpoints will continue this debate and this issue will not be easily resolved. I submit one voice of reason. It comes not from conservative commentators or evangelical preachers. It comes from a young man named Mr. Frank Stephens. In October 2017, he testified before the appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to plead that funding for Down syndrome research continue and not to fund methods that would make it easier to terminate a pregnancy if a child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.
His poignant speech began with, “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.” His brave testimony continued. “A Harvard study has discovered that people with Down syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings are happier than society at large. I know happiness is not something you can assign dollars to but surely it must be worth something?” He concluded with, “Is there really no place for us in the NIH budget?… Let’s pursue answers, ‘not final solutions.’ ”
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1 Corinthians 12:7 (ESV)
What hope is there when mankind chooses to place emotional convenience over the sanctity of life? When there here is no righteousness or no love, all hope is abandoned. In spite of this, Jesus Christ never abandoned us, even when He was tortured and executed. Jesus died on the Cross and did this for us because we are all worth something. From the moment of conception, we are a precious life in the eyes of God. Only in Jesus Christ does love and faithfulness perfectly meet with righteousness and peace (Psalms 85:10).
Yes. Let’s pursue answers and choose life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.