“Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
- Psalm 82:3-4
What were we all thinking forty years ago when we sat by quietly and watched a news report announcing the Roe v Wade decision? Hearing words like “it’s a blob of tissue” and “a woman’s personal choice” became all too familiar. Catchy phrases were covering brutal acts of violence.
And then there was the introduction of ultrasound. The unseen is now revealed. Hearts are pricked and unborn children are saved from the throes of death, at least some of them.
What appears to be a blessing becomes a curse if the sonogram reveals a defect, a flaw, a disability. A doctor’s ominous words “Wouldn’t your baby be better off…?” changes everything.
Estimates show 90 percent of those prenatally diagnosed with a disability are aborted. Abortions or genocide? Is it too late to stop this slippery slope?
My adopted son has an extremely severe and rare birth defect. His birthmother’s lack of prenatal care kept his disability hidden. Born in an emergency room, surgeons were obligated to perform lifesaving procedures. And he survived.
His medical journey has been complicated and challenging. Imagine what it is like to see your child in serious condition and have doctors leave the room looking perplexed, having no idea what is wrong or how to treat it.
Sensing my frustration, one surgeon pointedly asked me, “Are you aware of why we know so little about your son’s condition?”. I could hear the pain in his voice as he explained, “The last 10 years have brought surgical interventions that can save lives like those of your son. But sadly, prenatal diagnosis has caused most babies with this condition to be aborted. We don’t know much about your son’s birth defect because we have not had opportunities to treat it. ”
Ten years of experience could have made a huge difference in my son’s medical treatment. It suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks. In one sense my son escaped abortion. Yet every day he is living with the effects of a pro-abortion world. Yes, the decision to abort a child goes far beyond the world of the birthmother.
Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic and disability advocate has released the above video to help us understand that no one is more affected by abortion than the disability community. She makes a plea for us to advocate for the weakest among us.
Many of us sat silent forty years ago but I believe God is giving us another chance. The only way to overcome the slippery slope is to start a new path. This path must include defending the unborn and standing up for the weak among us who are living in this culture of death. Everywhere we go we meet people that need to know that every life is worthy, including the diseased and the disabled.
We can reach out to women who receive an adverse prenatal diagnosis and give them the support and resources they need. A simple act of kindness might embolden a birthmother to choose life over death and affect generations to come. CHASK has resources to start you on this journey.
“Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”
- Proverbs 24:11-12
By: Donna Mauney
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