Choose Life – Your Parents Did

Recently I read about a young woman who, while engaged, was impregnated by someone other than her fiancé. The young man was incensed at her disregard of their planned future together and demanded an abortion if marriage ever were to happen. Reluctantly she obliged, and when she emerged from the abortion clinic, her unplanned parenthood had been destroyed. No “Merry Christmas” here — she had just killed the One who would have become the Savior of the world.

Clearly, this is just satire of what, God forbid, might have happened had Mary lived in this century. Nowadays, many, often simplistic, reasons are given to justify a procedure that destroys a life: emotional health, schooling, lack of funds to support a child or another child, or just plain inconvenience. Meanwhile the abortion industry profits from $500 million in “healthcare” subsidies, customer fees, and the sale of fetal body parts. Covert videos by the Center for Medical Progress reveal callous banter by abortionists about the cruel dismemberment of the unborn for maximum profit. And that in 21st Century America!

A once-popular bumper sticker, stunning in its audacity, read: “If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one.” In Scott Klusendorf’s (SK’s) book, “the (sic) Case for Life,” I found a spot-on response: “If you don’t like slavery, don’t have one.”

Another rejoinder from SK’s book meets the pro-choice lobby on its own turf, using its own rationalizations and language with a poignant quote by Robert P. George of Princeton University: “I am personally opposed to killing abortionists. However, inasmuch as my personal opposition to this practice is rooted in a sectarian (Catholic) religious belief in the sanctity of human life, I am unwilling to impose it on others who may, as a matter of conscience, take a different view. Of course, I am entirely in favor of policies aimed at removing the root causes of violence against abortionists. Indeed, I would go so far as to support mandatory one-week waiting periods, and even nonjudgmental counseling for people who are contemplating the choice of killing an abortionist.” You get the irony of this.

In The Moral Question of Abortion, Stephen Schwarz’s acronym SLED shows that justifications for abortion could apply to the killing of infants and toddlers. 1. Size–zygote, preborn baby, baby or toddler – Does increased size increase right to life? 2. Level of development – Does maturity increase value? 3. Environment – Does an eight-inch trip down the birth canal change the status from non-human to human? 4. Degree of dependency – Are infants less dependent than preborn babies?

Children should be allowed to see the light of day, including the handicapped, who are not diminished as humans. Yet often, even healthy babies are discarded pitilessly for convenience. But commitment and vision have their reward. We all know of one who escaped curette and suction tube, was born into poverty, and raised by a single, illiterate, but godly mother in inner-city ghettos. He was the class dummy. But then his mother limited his TV time and filled the void with books. Ben Carson would become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the recipient of sixty honorary doctorates.

Imagine: It’s December 20, 1943. German fighter pilot Franz Stigler intercepts the crippled B-17 of pilot Charles Brown on his return from a bombing run over Bremen and struggling to get back to England. Instead of downing it, Stigler, risking execution for treason, escorts the bomber out of Germany, salutes over the North Sea, and peels off his Messerschmitt.

Stigler immigrates to Canada. Brown’s four-year search succeeds forty years after that fateful encounter. The two meet again and become best friends. At an emotional reception with Brown’s grateful descendants, Stigler is guest of honor. They know: Without Franz Stigler most of them would have never been born. Altruism and mercy resulted in life, love, and joy.

My sister, Uschi, once told me that Mutti had considered aborting me since she got pregnant too close to her birth. I’m glad Mutti chose life – my life. Abortion may have been legal, but it would not have been safe –not for me nor my descendants.

Contributing author: Eb Roell

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