What does the United States have in common with Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam?
All these nations allow abortion after 20 weeks.
The US Senate last week failed to bring us up to the level of most European nations, countries that outlaw abortion for babies who’ve reached the halfway point of pregnancy–many even sooner at 12 weeks.
It’s one of many ironies that when doctors perform surgery on an unborn child–a child they intend to help live–they routinely administer anesthesia to the child.
But when children of the same gestational age are aborted, they receive no painkilling medication. These children die as their nerve endings fully convey the killing process through the child.
It is the doublethink of George Orwell’s 1984—the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s mind and not consider them inconsistent.
The child we can heal deserves help to deal with the pain of a surgical process. This child is real and human to us.
The child we intend to kill is not real to us. His pain is not real–to us–because if we admitted that he feels real pain, we would have to realize our moral deficiency.
Or the child is less than human because of a defect–one that deems him unworthy of life in our eyes. We have made ourselves the arbiters of who is human and who is not.
In 2016, Utah passed a law requiring those aborting older unborn children to provide anesthesia, but at least one report says the law is unenforced.
The Utah legislature understands logical inconsistency, but the enforcement arms of government cannot deal with the reality of acknowledging pain in condemned innocents.
God bless our legislators who represent their citizens–born and unborn–by voting to end such atrocity.
May God bestow truth within the hearts of those who deny the reality of the unborn at all ages–their sacred status as imago Dei.
And may God forgive us for being among the few nations in the world inflicting agony on little ones. The light is dimmer today for our city on the hill.
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