By Bill Demastus
The alarming news these past several weeks has awakened Americans to the inhumanity lurking in our nation; legal aborting of a baby at the point of being delivered and, in some cases, after delivery. Aborting at any stage is abhorrent to tens of millions, but to do so at the point of birth is beyond moral comprehension.
This is not only a celebrated and accepted law just passed in New York but also one recently contemplated in Virginia, where its Governor, a pediatric surgeon, expressed public support for post-birth abortion. And, I guess other states will soon follow suit.
Perhaps what makes this law so hard to come to grips with is the fact that it is decidedly un-American. It isn’t politics that determine how Americans feel about children, seniors, pets and the down trodden of our society. It’s like moms and apple pie…we just love them in our hearts.
I watch TV commercials nightly requesting donations to save dogs, cats and other animals. The same is true for requests for children’s hospitals and even for funds to help Israeli holocaust survivors.
All of them receive ample funding because Americans are generous to a fault. We are taught from a very young age to give to the poor, be kind to animals and to the old. But are we taught that we should kill off our young when birth is “inconvenient”?
Abortion has been a common procedure probably since Adam and Eve. But, never has it been a celebrated occurrence. Never have we used abortion as a form of family planning as many Americans now do. In fact, they are no longer even called abortion clinics; they are family planning clinics. Young people are being taught that actions do not have to have consequences…everything can be taken care of.
In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal. The Court did not say abortion is something that one should aspire to. The decision to do so should have a bit more thought going into it than, say, a decision to visit a dentist.
Studies show that from 1970, and through the next 49 years, more than 45 million babies were aborted in the U.S.
Now, more than 1.3 million abortions are carried out per year, based on studies in the U.S. alone. Another unbelievable fact is that 45% of them will be requested by a woman who has had more than one. And, 54% of these women will have been on birth control when they become pregnant. This is exacerbated by the fact that these 1.3 million abortions were the cumulative result of 2.6 million unintended pregnancies – half of them!
I maybe old fashioned, but how in the world could we, in this age of birth control and preventative education, have 2.6 million unintended pregnancies? Please don’t tell me it is simply because poor people can’t afford the pill. Abortions run the gamut of the the social strata — from the very poor to the very rich. I think it is just such an accepted practice that we have become hardened to the fact that we are killing children.
Our society does not seem to care that we are destroying our young. Yes, we are heart broken to see young children at the southern border who have been dragged 1,000 or more miles, and used as cannon fodder to get drug and human traffickers across that border. And yes, we are heart broken to see young children in war zones around the world, wounded and starving because of man’s inhumanity toward man. But if death takes place in a sterile, stainless steel, windowless hospital room it is just a normal health care procedure. No big deal.
I started this by mentioning that Virginia politicians wished to follow New York in adopting this archaic law. I listened to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is a doctor, in a radio interview (replayed on national TV) describe how you commit infanticide as if he was describing how to avoid getting a blister on your finger. This sad discussion was of no concern to the person giving the interview. Her agitation was over a 40-years-old yearbook where in he had been photographed costumed in black face, or a KKK hood (no one knows which was Northam). The entire Democrat state caucus demanded his resignation, but no concern was addressed toward a proposed law that would allow the murder of an innocent baby.
Experts say one-third of American women will abort at least once by age 45.
Experts also tell us that 49% of all U.S. women are pro-choice, and 45% are pro-life so politics aren’t going to change, even as much as nervous pundits fear they will.
The change, if there is to be one, must come from parents educating their young, not destroying them. It must come from teaching that life is a journey of choices that result in consequences, not a trip to Disneyland. And it must come from both sides of our political arena. What we currently do, as if our God and the world isn’t watching, is a thing we should all be ashamed of, not a trend to celebrate!
History tells us that the Romans dipped Christian babies in tar, and on the head of their spears, lit them up to provide vision for their night games in the coliseum. We are much more sophisticated today. But the Romans at least could rationalize some benefit of their murders – light. We, in civilized society, pay billions of dollars each year to snuff out our babies’ light.
Will we add abortions to our annual celebrations? Don’t we usually lift up those memorable moments that cause celebrations? Coming soon, Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Father’s Day and now in, New York, and, perhaps in your home town, Happy Abortion Day.