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Why is not killing your child "admirable"?

By Scott Tibbs, September 15, 2008

Without mentioning any names, we've been hearing a lot lately about how the choice not to have an abortion is "admirable". We have heard that, when parents discover their unborn child will have a disability such as Down Syndrome it is "admirable" to allow that child to live rather than have him or her dismembered and thrown into the trash. And while I am thankful when a baby that could have been aborted is instead allowed to live, I am uncomfortable when we say that not having an abortion is somehow a choice to be praised.

No one would say it is "admirable" for a parent not to bash his five-year-old child's head in with a claw hammer for accidentally knocking over and breaking a lamp while running in the house. It's considered normal parenting to deal with the "accident" properly, by cleaning up the mess and responding with reasonable discipline that comes from love, teaching that child to respect authority, obey rules and be responsible.

But yet, it is "admirable" to allow nature to take its course instead of having the baby burned alive and poisoned with a saline solution? It is "admirable" to allow the baby to naturally grow and develop in the womb instead of having the baby's brain ripped out and skull crushed?

Have we become so desensitized by the 50 million babies killed over the last 35 years that the decision not to commit murder is somehow worthy of praise rather than seen as a normal and natural reaction of a human being? In the wake of corporate scandals where investors have been cheated out of their life's savings, do we say that corporations are "admirable" if they do not steal from people?

Don't get me wrong here. I know children have been rescued from certain death at the hands of Bloomington's abortion clinic and I praise God that He touched the mother's heart and spared the baby's life. But there's also no doubt that we live in an incredibly wicked country that has tolerated the death of well over a million human beings each and every year for more than 35 years. The blood spilled by our "medical" clinics surpasses the blood spilled by Nazi Germany many times over. We should all pray to God that the curse of abortion be lifted.

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done? -- Proverbs 24:11-12