When did society begin to embrace the notion that killing a sick child is “compassionate”?
As long as the child has not been born yet, it is considered acceptable – even up to the ninth month of pregnancy – to end their life via abortion. Subjecting the sick child to a violent, premature death is embraced while protecting these innocents through pro-life laws is treated as despicable.
Case in point, the news coverage of a tragic Louisiana family’s story after their unborn baby was diagnosed with a potentially fatal abnormality.
Early in her pregnancy, the mother, Nancy Davis, said her unborn baby was diagnosed with acrania, a typically fatal condition in which the baby’s skull does not develop. Davis said she sought an abortion at a Baton Rouge hospital, but it refused because of the new state pro-life law.
“Basically, they said I had to carry my baby to bury my baby,” Davis said at a press conference in August.
Instead of carrying her baby, however, she decided to travel 1,400 miles to abort her unborn child at a Planned Parenthood in New York earlier this month, according to the Daily Advertiser.
Meanwhile, supposedly unbiased news outlets covering Davis’s story used words like “forced” and “denied” to vilify Louisiana lawmakers for trying to protect unborn babies from violent abortion deaths. On the Dr. Phil Show this week, pro-life leader Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, was berated for speaking up for the unborn baby’s life.
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“Killing the baby before he or she dies naturally is never the solution. It violates the fundamental principle of medicine: to heal or provide comfort, never to harm,” Rose told the hostile audience. “The reality is abortion doesn’t solve or heal or any problem— it only kills a baby.”
But Davis’s attorney Ben Crump called it “cruel” to protect the baby’s life, telling the press in August, “How many more Nancy Davises will have to endure the mental anguish and the mental cruelty before the legislators clear up these vague and ambiguous laws?”
Of course Davis felt anguish and pain. Any mother would after learning that her child was sick and dying. She and her baby deserve society’s sympathy and support.
Instead, the pro-abortion culture pushed her to end her child’s life prematurely, telling her it was easier and more compassionate than cherishing the short time they had together.
The Davis family deserved better. Davis’s aborted child’s life was valuable even though he or she was sick and likely to die anyway. And both mother and child deserved support, such as the kind perinatal hospice and palliative care provide. These programs treat unborn babies as valuable human beings while working with families, counselors, doctors, funeral home directors and others to create memories, relieve pain and make plans for the short time they have together.
The Davis family also deserved to know that diagnoses, especially early in pregnancy, sometimes are wrong, and some mothers abort their unborn babies only to learn too late that their child was healthy. A recent New York Times investigation found an average false positive rate of 85 percent in five common early prenatal tests.
They deserved to know about families in similar situations who chose life. Some gave birth to healthy babies, despite the doctors’ predictions, while others cherished the short time that they had with their children — holding them and singing to them, reading books and capturing family moments together on film, attending family events and holidays to show love and affection to their sick child before he or she died.
Some of these children lived only a few minutes outside the womb, others like Jaxon Buell, whose brain was just one fifth of the size it should have been, had years together with their families.
Genavive Edman’s son Clark, who was diagnosed with the same condition as Davis’s baby, died during labor in 2015, but she said his life still was “precious, miraculous, worthwhile and beautiful.”
“If you have been given news that your baby’s life will not be long or is nonexistent by society’s standards, don’t let his or her life be taken from you too soon,” Edman wrote afterword on her blog.
Our pro-abortion culture fails families like the Davises by telling them that they should cut short their sick child’s life, robbing them of the short time they have together. Nancy Davis’s child was valuable, no matter how sick or young he or she was.
As Rose said earlier this week: “Laws are meant to protect the weak. In a society, who’s the weakest? … A child. They don’t have a voice, they can’t speak. Whether we live 10 minutes, 10 years or 100 years, you’re a human life, and you have the right to not be killed.”