“You are a member of the first generation of doctors in the history of medicine,” Walker Percy penned in his novel The Thanatos Syndrome, “to turn their backs on the oath of Hippocrates and kill millions of old useless people, unborn children, born malformed children, for the good of mankind — and to do so without a single murmur from one of you.”
Without a murmur. Three powerful words. There was a time when I didn’t murmur much about these things. I felt I could focus on more pressing evangelistic concerns related to sharing the gospel with skeptics.
Others who specialize in this area and have built platforms pushing back the darkness in this arena could offer a more compelling and articulate witness. I didn’t have to chime in. I didn’t need to murmur.
I was wrong. I repent.
It’s time to murmur. It’s time to speak. It’s time to cry out. I say this as one who is late to the protest. No more. I’m lifting my figurative “Choose Life” banner high.
Albert Mohler, in his daily news podcast, The Briefing, recently brought attention to an article in the New York Times Does Down Syndrome Justify Abortion? Dr. Mohler highlights the moral authority issues related to Ohio’s bill to ban abortions chosen exclusively due to a fetal diagnosis of Downs syndrome. Many are worried that Ohio’s move could create a slippery slope that leads to a recognition that a fetus (read baby) has some right to life in and of themselves, what our founders might describe as intrinsic worth or unalienable rights, apart from a mother’s choice.
Matthew Hennessey points out in his article in the National Review, “a diagnosis of Down syndrome should not be a death sentence.” Indeed. It shouldn’t be a death sentence. For that matter, being conceived should not be a death sentence either. In fact, we should move to protect this right to life in every way we can. Let’s end the death sentence for the unborn. By God’s grace, let’s seek to end it in our generation for the next generation.
The late Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, once said “I see no reason for attributing to man a significance different in kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand.” If Holmes is right then the pro life movement is dead wrong. But if we are endowed by our Creator with worth and rights, then we must give ourselves to the cause of defending the sanctity of life.
We must stand. We must protect life. From beginning to end, from conception, from the first breath to the last breath, life is sacred at each and every point. Every life at every life stage: Is (period) sacred (exclamation point)
Murmur, my Christian brothers and sisters.
Don’t take this one lying down. As the political writer Stephen Miller recently said on Twitter in response to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of human body parts, “I’m not 100% pro life. I’m not really religious, but I will die on this hill with you. Enough is enough.”
I am pro life. I am religious (properly understood). And I’m glad to die on this hill too. I’m thinking a picture of someone dying on a hill so that others might have life is a pretty powerful one — one that is worthy of imitating.