This is a longer than usual post. Please take the time to read through it all. It’s a challenge growing deep inside of me that helps motivate our efforts to advance, defend, and equip West Virginia’s families.
Dr. Albert Mohler, one of my favorite theologians and socio-political commentators, has once again thrust us to the heart of the matter. Commenting on a story out of Sarasota Florida of a doctor who aborted the wrong twin, Dr. Mohler writes:
The situation with Dr. Kachinas reveals the horribly confused morality that marks modern America and, in far too many cases, the practice of medicine. This doctor was asked to perform what is now euphemistically called a “selective reduction.” Instead, he aborted “the wrong baby,” killing a healthy baby instead of the baby identified as carrying the markers for Down syndrome.
Consider what this means for the sanctity of human life. We are now looking at babies as consumer products. We will accept babies that meet our specified qualifications, and abort when medical tests or other factors reveal that the baby does not meet our standards. Human life is reduced to just another consumer product subject to consumer preferences and demand.
Do we recognize what this means? The abortion of Down syndrome babies is a scandal of the first degree, and this nation is growing more complacent and complicit in this scandal by the day. Beyond this, we can be certain that babies are now being targeted in the womb for reasons far beyond Down syndrome. Specialists working with autism are concerned that forthcoming genetic tests will put babies who carry markers for autism next on the list for prenatal search and destroy missions.
Sure. That’s scandalous. But, as Mohler concludes, what’s the real scandal here? That the doc killed the wrong child or that he was ready to kill a child just because a few genes might have been askew?
In his column, Dr. Mohler points out that the stats now show that 80-90% of children who test positive in the womb for Down Syndrome markers are being aborted.
80% to 90%. Let that sink in for a minute.
Maybe this is more poignant to me this morning because I just got back from taking my almost 13-week pregnant wife to our OB appointment. We were advised of the “test” that we can decline to test for genetic problems. We declined.
About Jeremy Dys
Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.