William James said: “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” Life itself is not often thought of. We live out our lives every day, with little assessment of the consequences of a life not lived. Within the recesses of our minds lies the understanding that everything we have could be taken away in the blink of an eye. We, as a society, have become so good at compartmentalizing that the thought of what it truly means to be alive has lost its meaning in our busy, day to day schedules. Life has deep value. Life itself is the cornerstone of our world. Denying life to someone else, who has done nothing to deserve being denied, is evil.
According to CBS Washington, North Dakota is considering enacting some of the most restrictive abortion laws ever conceived. “The ‘personhood’ measures would ban abortions by defining human life as beginning with conception…Last week, the Legislature sent Gov. Jack Dalrymple what would be two of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S., banning abortions as early as six weeks in a pregnancy and on the basis of genetic defects such as Down syndrome.”
As is to be expected, the pro-abortion advocates are indignant for numerous reasons. Aside from the basic argumentation that abortion should be kept legal, abortion advocates are concerned that the bills would criminalize the process of In Vitro fertilization. All of that is neither here nor there, as it is par for the course when it comes to the abortion debate. What piqued my interest was the item about Down syndrome.
How many infants with Down syndrome are being aborted? According to several studies, the percentage of infants being aborted following a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome ranges from 87% to 98% in the United States. In the UK, that percentage stands at approximately 92%.
What are we, that upon discovery of a birth defect in our own—previously wanted and loved—child, we make the decision to terminate? I say “what”, rather than “who,” because the word “who” infers personhood; and individuals willing to terminate a child because of Down Syndrome cannot be conferred the title of “person.”
Firstly, good on North Dakota for trying to enact these laws. Whether or not you believe that a woman should carry a child that resulted from rape, as state Senator Margaret Sitte believes, the portion regarding the termination of infants with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome should be a no-brainer.
How can we, as a society that supposedly values life, allow the needless slaughter of 9 out of 10 infants with Down syndrome? It is absolutely vile. It is so easy for all of us to avoid topics such as these, with the expectation that it is someone else’s problem. It is so easy for us to compartmentalize our lives to such an extent that we become numb to something that, upon simple inspection, is so repugnant and immoral.
This statistic needs to be heard. Between 87% and 98% of infants with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis are being executed; either out of convenience or due to some twisted sense of mercy on the part of the parents.
Life is worth living, even with impairments. Life is worth living, even if someone else decides for you that it is not. Life is worth living simply because we are humans, made in the image of our God. Don’t ever let the notion of the deep value of life slip between your fingers. These aborted children never had a chance; but the legislature in North Dakota is doing something to help give future generations a chance. I am overjoyed that something is finally being done to protect the lives of the unborn.