Bernie Diaz, September 18, 2017
Apparently, the death toll of as many as 80 lives from Hurricane Harvey was not enough for pro-abortion advocates and organizations, who while in the midst of a battle with the state of Texas over proposed abortion legislation, is actually offering fully paid procedures for Hurricane Harvey victims — and 15 women have signed up, according to a news report.
Note that the Whole Woman’s “Health Clinic”, which is currently suing the Lone Star State for trying to ban second-trimester abortions, plans to pay for six abortions in the clinic’s San Antonio location and nine in Austin, according to that organization’s spokeswoman.
While it is one thing to advocate for the right for pregnant women to legally murder their unborn child on a paid basis (often at taxpayer expense), it is quite another for an abortion group to further facilitate such murder with free killing services.
If that rhetoric sounds a bit harsh, it is because it is meant to, reflecting the state of incredulity or bewilderment that I find myself in today, when thinking of the depths to which our current culture of death will sink to.
It is because of that culture, that was rooted in the more modern eugenics movements of the late 19th century and the Nazi regime of the mid 20th century, that those on the radical left are seeking to eliminate virtually any vestige of human life, whether it be preborn, in the cradle or on the way to the grave (euthanasia). If a life is inconvenient to its caregivers, potential or real, and may be a burden rather than a blessing, then the extermination of those lives seems to make expeditious sense- even in the name of science.
“The Virtual Elimination of Down Syndrome in Iceland.”
At first glance, such a headline as reported by CBS news, may seem promising to many, expecting to read or hear of a cure or way in which to reduce the incidence of Down Syndrome in its population, a condition of birth defects as the result of a preborn child’s possessing an extra chromosome in their DNA. Ah, but there’s so much more that meets the eye than a headline. The story then reveals that, “On average Iceland has two people with Down Syndrome born each year.”
The solution to the down syndrome problem in Iceland? Simple. Abort- kill, those suspected of having down syndrome in utero, tolerating the miniscule few that may be born due to inconclusive prenatal tests.
Also, take note of the use of the word “people” there to describe the few and the chosen who survive, in that somewhere along the line she became a “person” with Down Syndrome.
According to the rather warped logic of our culture of death, such a child’s status changed to “person” somewhere during her gestation, while her condition remained stubbornly the same.
Even the founder of a genetics research company that has studied Iceland’s anti-down syndrome experience said of the policy, “It reflects a relatively heavy-handed genetic counselling. I don’t think that heavy-handed genetic counselling is desirable. … You’re having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to have healthy children, but how far we should go in seeking those goals is a fairly complicated decision.”
Perspective should change dramatically as to the pro-life vs. abortion wars, when one realizes what or who is at stake and that a mere cursory review of biology and personal experience via an ultrasound exam and/or childbirth, reveals that it is not something but a someone that is eliminated in the name of the ‘right to death’ decisions made by those other than the victim himself.
One of the Iceland experiment’s more provocative cases, was about a girl Agusta, born with down syndrome, after her screening offered a slim chance of Downs, so slim her mother Ingadottir, went with the odds and “lost”? Well, mom is now an activist for the rights of people with Downs Syndrome. She said: I will hope that she will be fully integrated on her own terms in this society. That’s my dream. Isn’t that the basic needs of life? What kind of society do you want to live in?
Excellent question and one posed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was put on the spot recently by a German teen with Down syndrome during a live town hall meeting type event in the northern city of Lübeck.
“Mrs Merkel, you are a politician. You make laws. I’m an editor at a magazine for people like me who have Down Syndrome,” Cologne-native Natalie Dedreux told the Chancellor according to a translation by a local German newspaper.
“Nine out of ten babies with Down Syndrome in Germany aren’t born,” she said (about the same figure as the United States). “A baby with Down Syndrome can be aborted days before the birth, in what is called ‘late stage abortion.’ My colleagues and I want to know what your opinion on late stage abortion is, Mrs Merkel. Why can babies with Down Syndrome be aborted shortly before birth?”
“I don’t think it’s good politically. This topic is important to me,” she added. “I don’t want to be aborted, I want to be born,” Dedreux concluded, receiving loud and sustained applause from those gathered. The video clip of this exchange is staggering and to no surprise left Merkel visibly flustered.
Wouldn’t you be if you were Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood of American or another pro-abortion or death rights activist wearing the shoes of the German chancellor, confronted face to face with a person that such an activist had rather seen dead?
To the young ladies’ credit, she respected and acknowledged the chancellor’s push to regulate abortion in Germany, where it is permitted only if the woman presents the doctor with a certificate indicating that she obtained counseling at least three days before the operation and not more than twelve weeks have elapsed since conception, though exceptions are made when there is a risk to the health of the mother or when a prenatal diagnosis shows that the unborn baby has a severe disability.
The dangerous subjectivity of the later exception notwithstanding, the Deutchland has at least surpassed American law in federally regulating abortion.
The post-Harvey news from Houston leads me to ask, ‘How many more deaths through calamities and disasters must God tolerate or perpetuate on a lost and cursed world (Psa. 104; Isa. 45:6-7; Amos 3:6), to effect change, the kind of change through the gospel of Jesus Christ that can change hearts, minds, culture and a country?