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Letter to the WCP Editor – 3.22.12

Letter to the WCP Editor – 3.22.12

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:32 pm

To the Editor,
Life is a gift from the Almighty. I can’t create myself. I can’t create another human being. Even scientists, in their vast knowledge, can’t create life. God alone is the “father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9), and He alone, “gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25).  
How grateful we should be to live in a country where decent people still live? This decency arises, in large measure, because we value human life as a gift from the Almighty. Some, however, are influencing our beloved country away from this decency that dignifies our nation.
Arguments in favor of after-birth abortions are now being made in a peer-reviewed publication called “The Journal of Medical Ethics” (Feb. 23, 2012). In an article titled “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”, scientists use three assumptions to argue for these after-birth abortions.
They argue, “(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. (http://jme.bmj.com/; parentheses in original). Such a philosophy is morally lacking. Though this is a European journal, and the authors are two Australian scientists, it still has an influence here in the States. I’m grateful many in our nation are already sounding the alarm concerning the teachings in this article. In fact, this article has met with stiff resistance. I pray such resistance continues.
By arguing for this morally-reprehensible position, it must be said that The Journal of Medical Ethics is wrong on all three counts. The heartland of our great nation is opposed to such, and for good reason.
Life is sacred. It’s a gift from the Creator, not a burden, and certainly not “morally irrelevant” to society.
Coming from the Almighty, life must be respected and honored. To do less is simply wrong. As many wise folks have stated, based on Psalms 8:5, man was created a little lower than the angels, not a little higher than the apes.
Human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). This cannot be said of a dog, cat or any other animal. Human beings are more than just the latest link in the evolutionary chain of events. We are the crowning point of God’s creation. As such, our lives are sacred.
Scripture declares, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female, He created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:27-28).  
As the crowing point of God’s creation, our lives are inherently valuable. Historically speaking, when cultures have chosen to disregard the inherent value of human life, the killing of babies has resulted.
 The utter disregard of life’s inherent value continues to plague our nation. Some even argue that ours is now a culture of death, not life. I’m nearly convinced that in certain parts of our nation, this is true.
Even though I believe the majority of Americans recognize the value and dignity of human life, what began with the devaluing of unborn babies has nevertheless progressed considerably.
We’ve moved from legalizing the murder of unborn babies to legally protecting physicians who assist terminally-ill patients in the taking of their own life. Physician-assisted suicide in the United States is now legal in the states of Oregon, Montana and Washington. Our beloved nation is now being influenced toward after-birth abortions. One shutters to think what might be next.
Pre-birth abortion, after-birth abortion and euthanasia are marks of a crumbling society. May God help our nation to return to a higher standard of decency.
Sincerely,
Michael Gilbert
Martin

WCP 3.22.12

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