By CJ Williams, Students for Life of America
We expect parents to put their children first. It isn’t just programmed into us culturally; it’s in our gut understanding of reality….until abortion is involved.
“Many women,” a recent news story begins, “are making the painful decision to end a pregnancy after discovering their unborn child has serious health complications that won’t allow them to survive outside the womb.”
What if the story substituted leukemia for serious health complications and survive long instead of survive outside the womb?
What if this journalist had written: “Many women are making the painful decision to kill their child who has a virulent leukemia that won’t allow them to survive long.”
We’d call it euthanasia maybe. We’d call it shocking. But we wouldn’t hear it and think, ah yes, poor parents, wouldn’t it be a hardship on them to not have the option of ending their child’s life so as to end their own grief and pain.
It wouldn’t be normal.
But normal is exactly the story this writer is painting of mothers who abort after 20 weeks — and not that it’s normal to euthanize a child, but that it’s normal for the parents to need and want to assuage their own pain before their children’s. This doesn’t just discount the child’s worth and pain; it is dead-face-first offensive to parents.
HR 36 – a bill in the United States House of Representatives – bans abortions after 20 weeks because children in the womb have been demonstrably proven to feel horrible pain by this point of development. A child who may not live long is just as much a child as one who will live to 100. A parent of a suffering child instinctively wants to protect and save that child. Only in a culture that rationalizes abortion can a parent be painted as making a rational choice to focus on their grief before their child’s life.
If the fetal pain bill (HR 36), and this article’s perspective expose anything, it isn’t the pain of mothers unable to abort — it is the agony of a child’s death. But that is what abortion does not, and never will, solve. Abortion always takes the life of a child.
That is agonizing. That is the pain of parents across our nation. That is normal pain.
Killing a sick child because it’s hard to suffer with them? That’s not normal, and the only reason to play normal with it is to justify a world where abortion is legal, common, and accepted.