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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

An issue bigger than Down's Syndrome

Amy Welborn has a terrific post about the move to extend prenatal screening for Down's Syndrome to all pregnancies, not just to those in women over age thirty-five.

This issue is so much bigger than Down’s Syndrome. The contraceptive culture views parenting as the acquisition of children--not much different than buying a car or a house. They are accessories to adorn the perfect Christmas card. How on earth could a parent with that mentality stomach anything less than a “perfect child”.

There is great pressure to abort brought to bear on women found to be pregnant with a child with Down’s Syndrome. Prenatal testing has extended to include genes for potential adult cancers. Another group suggests that maleness is justification for abortion in families with a history of autism.

Therefore, the battle for pro-life forces is not with the procedure of abortion itself—though I would dearly love to this barbaric procedure outlawed. The real fight is with the cultural mindset. We must reverse this utilitarian view of life. Even children with earthly imperfections are to be cherished as gifts from God. Every human life is imbued with an intrinsic worth and dignity because every human life is created in God’s own image. Earthly accomplishments cannot increase this worth and the lack of such accomplishments cannot diminish this worth.

Mother Teresa did not set herself up to serve the beautiful people. She immersed herself in those who society had rejected. Mother Teresa could see the face of Christ in every human life. We are called to do the same. We are called to love and the weak and vulnerable. We are called to embrace those who at first sight may repulse us. We are called to look past the outward physical picture and see the eternal soul and the image of God.

Yes, the pro-life fight is so much greater than debating abortion, euthanasia, assisted-suicide, and embryonic stem cells. These debates are symptoms of a far greater societal malady. Just as Adam and Eve sought to be as knowledgeable and powerful as God by eating the forbidden fruit, our culture seeks to do the same by usurping from God the control of who lives and who dies. Our culture is trying to separate itself from God. When such a state is made eternal it is known as Hell.

4 comments:

Milehimama said...

I posted a couple of weeks ago on this very article

I think this is why Pope JPII always tried to emphasize our "culture of death" - not a sepcific issue, but the culture. The culture that says you are never perfect - there is always a new and better haircolor, makeup, surgical procedure, undergarment to give the illusion of perfection. A culture that doesn't recognize a beautiful heart, unless it's accompanied by the beautiful, famous face of an actress stopping by a hospital or orphanage.

A culture that sees physical or mental "imperfection" as the worst thing that can happen - when the reality is, the WORST thing that could happen is going to Hell. A culture that forgets we were made to go to Heaven, where our bodies will really, eventually, be perfect.
(Oh yeah, Hell doesn't exist anymore. Or at least you can't mention it. Might depress someone.)

Here's my post on it:
That's Just Wrong

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Amen, Amen. Amen.

Travis said...

Wow. Excellent post. In fact, I have often thought about the dangers of government requiring genetic testing.

Thank you for posting this.

causa nostra laetitiae said...

I've just posted on this topic too.
I am the proud mother of three daughters, the youngest of which, Christina, has Down Syndrome. I am very conscious of the fact that they are very much in society's bulls eye. All the special-ed pre-schools we visited, when they saw Christina said, "we had a child with Down Syndrome once". Once, that's because 90% of unborn children diagnosed with DS are aborted. Now the government wants to go in and get the ones they missed.

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