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The devaluation of life


Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) is an advocate of personhood and insists that the topic will be the pro-life battleground of the 21st century. Personhood values all life from conception to natural death. The Bible clearly teaches that man is created in the image of God and has worth at all stages of life.

The GRTL website explains, “We are told in the Gospels that John the Baptist was known by God, called by God, named by God and then filled by God with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. This is an example of the biblical worldview of personhood.”

For years we have fought for life in the womb. We are still vehemently opposed to abortion and agree with Thomas Jefferson, who said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only objective of good government.”

I had the privilege of being at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 3, 1994 when Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke. She passionately said, “But what does God say to us? He says, ‘But even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand.’ We are carved in the palm of His hand; that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love and to be loved, not only now in this life, but forever. God can never forget us.”

The Catholic nun added, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

Mother Teresa continued, “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

Unfortunately, men may be the worst offenders in the abortion issue. Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation has commented, “Men have been empowered by Roe v. Wade to have sex and run. They’ve been forced out of their crucial role by perpetual welfare and today’s brand of liberal feminism.”

The truth is that men have an extraordinary, but often unrecognized, culpability in the barbaric practice of abortion ...

The truth is that men have an extraordinary, but often unrecognized, culpability in the barbaric practice of abortion happening thousands of times a day across North America. They are, in many ways, the invisible accomplices of the abortion industry while the debate rages around “women’s issues.”

As I expected, the pro-choice – or what I prefer to call the baby-killing – crowd are now trying to justify what they are calling “after-birth abortion.” What they are calling after birth abortion is actually nothing more than infanticide, but there are some like Will Saletan, the author of Bearing Right, who have stated, “What we call after-birth abortion should be permissible, because the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus.”

Consequently, there are many pro-choicers who are faced with the challenge of explaining why, if abortion is permissible, infanticide isn’t. They contend that personhood doesn’t begin until sometime after birth. Once that premise is added, the newborn, like the fetus, becomes fair game.

However, if life is devalued in the womb it is inevitable that it will be devalued before the tomb. The debate over the legalization of euthanasia is moving toward a question of personhood. When is a person not a person? The process of dehumanization or de-personalization is a first necessary step before denying, or stripping, someone of his or her basic human rights – in this cast the right to life.

Brian J. Kopp says that Obamacare is to euthanasia what Roe v. Wade was to abortion. He explained, “When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, we were caught off guard. We had to build a pro-life infrastructure almost from scratch to provide alternatives for women with crisis pregnancies.

“We now find ourselves at a similar point with euthanasia. We know that stealth euthanasia is here, that it is essentially legally protected already, and its prevalence is going to explode.

“We need to warn and educate the public. We also must identify and network with pro-life healthcare providers who are striving to provide ethical end-of-life care within a healthcare system that is becoming increasingly comfortable with prematurely ending the lives of certain patients. We urgently need to build the pro-life infrastructure that is still missing, but which is essential to providing concrete alternatives to stealth euthanasia.”

The idea of “death with dignity,” a type of euthanasia, is already the law in three states. The perverse logic of this concept is that the government will be able to save the sick and infirmed elderly from years of needless suffering and also remove from the taxpayers the financial burden of having to care for these people. It sounds compassionate and benevolent, but no one can be sure where it will lead.

Some are suggesting that the President’s emerging health care legislation will include “death panels,” or a group of physicians or medical authorities assigned the responsibility of who is worthy of medical care and who is not.

During the 2010 presidential race Sarah Palin was one of the first ones to talk about the “death panels” but many of the conservative talk show hosts have been discussing them unrelentingly.

However, it was surprising when Mark Halperin, Time magazine’s senior political analyst, stated, “The Affordable Care Act contains provisions for ‘death panels’ that decide which critically ill patients receive care and which don’t. It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That is going to be a part of how costs are controlled.” Halperin apparently attempted to deny that he had made such an assertion, but the pundits are not letting him forget his comments.

While many are of the opinion that there is the equivalent of “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act, right-wingers are taking the argument a step further, hinting that there is an analogy between Hitler’s Aryan race and the ACA. Maybe they are nothing more than fanatical alarmists, but regardless of what the politicians and pundits say, I want us to stand strong for the personhood of every individual from conception to natural death.