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.