Nearly 300 years ago, Jonathan Swift satirically proposed that the sale of Irish children for human consumption would solve economic distress on the Emerald Isle.
Buried within his satire were his actual proposals that few heeded.
Today, various versions of one sentiment reappear as America discusses the abortion issue on social media. It’s not satire, and it goes something like this:
“If you end legal abortion, who’s going to pay for all those children?” Or: “Are YOU willing to pay for those children?”
So I offer this proposal which could be replicated as needed across the nation:
Instead of aborting, say, 50 children, give me custody so that I might find good homes for them. Many people want to adopt today and would love to have a newborn.
Let’s say I find homes for 40 of them. We can applaud ourselves for having matched up homeless children and yearning parents.
We will have saved 40 lives and passed the expense of their care on to others more than willing to carry it.
But what shall we do with those whom we might call the leftovers?
We could (hypothetically) offer to our commenters the opportunity to potentially save themselves some tax dollars by dispatching the children themselves.
I’m fairly certain, however, that they’d find this act distasteful. The ‘beauty’ of abortion from their perspective is that it’s quick, cheaper (than care), and, to them, unseen.
Yet I would ask them to hear me out about other possibilities and advantages that could be available. After all, why just save tax dollars when you could actually gain income too?
Planned Parenthood has been selling baby parts–often from children born alive–without apparent penalty for some time.
For many research entities, the older the better–because the larger the child, the more tissue to be used in research. Alive and usable, rather than dead and chemically polluted or torn to bits, is quite advantageous.
We may, through such a practice, find a cure for a cruel disease. Look at all we garnered from the work of that German guy in the 1940s.
And as time passes, other opportunities will certainly show up.
For example, California’s legislature just passed a bill easing the penalty for adults engaging in sexual activity with “willing” minors, indicating that a market for living, older children already exists and is certain to grow.
We might work something out that would lessen the occurrence of wanted children being snatched off our streets–of traffickers grooming wanted children to become the “willing”. In their place, these “unwanted” children could serve.
Part of the deal could include a stipend plus reimbursement of taxes paid to support those our commenters consider disposable.
After all the bottom line is the bottom line.
Commenters divert attention from the humanity of children awaiting execution to the expenses children already born incur–costs they seem to deeply resent.
But the commenters are correct about one thing. More Christians could do more to foster already born children, mentor children on the precipice, and give to those in need.
In the end, we will all give an accounting for our compassion or lack of it.
For how much time, effort, and money we provided to help children in distress.
Or how we resented these innocents to the point of death.