An “Unwanted” Child

On Tuesday morning, in one of the busiest places on earth and in full view of hundreds of passersby, a woman stepped aboard a subway train and left her 11-month-old daughter in a red and white polka-dotted stroller sitting on the platform alone with nothing more than a bottle. Fortunately no harm befell the child. Others have not been so lucky. The same day, New York police arrested a mother who is alleged to have murdered her 11-month-old son. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, police have encountered a series of disturbing revelations which suggest that the hyperthermia death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris was a premeditated murder. These crimes are at once horrifying and heartbreaking, but sadly, they are not a new trend.

This Baby Girl is Not "Unwanted"

This Baby Girl is Not “Unwanted”

Last October, when a teenager was arrested with a baby in her handbag, LifeSiteNews compiled a macabre catalog of similar instances of newborn babies being thrown in the trash or drowned in the toilet. Deacon Kevin Fournier compares this to the ancient pagan practice of exposure, but this is not fair to the pagans. In so many of these cases, the parents who are charged with the sacred duty of caring for their helpless children instead become their murderers. It is perhaps a small distinction, but while exposure is unquestionably a Godless and incomprehensible crime, to murder one’s own child requires a callousness and hatefulness that can only be described as pure evil.

This evil has many faces. In May of last year, Kermit Gosnell was convicted murdering three babies as well as 21 counts of illegal late-term abortion and 211 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s 24-hour informed consent law, although the true scale of the slaughter in his grisly workshop of death was undoubtedly much higher than even those shocking figures. Perversely, almost on the eve of this past Mother’s day, Emily Letts posted a “viral” video documenting her abortion as a mundane surgical procedure. This was followed with the release of a Hollywood production celebrating abortion as a path to greater personal fulfillment. This is a culture that treats babies as trash and celebrates abortions in film. This is the dominant culture of the world we live in.

Everywhere around us people believe the great lie that a child can ever truly be unwanted, but this is impossible. In begetting a child, we mortals participate in the miraculous and divine creation of life. God does not make mistakes. God does not despise His creations. When a seed is planted in the mother’s womb, God wants that seed to grow and flourish and someday bear fruit of its own. When a child is conceived, God wants that child to live and to thrive and to succeed. Every force of nature is motivated by that desire, by God’s love for life, and every creature alive has the central and animating ability to procreate.

This world is filled with such horrors and such tragedy that we can be tempted to ignore it all and shut it out. It is not easy to face these evils. Many people say they personally would never have an abortion, but they don’t want to force their beliefs on others. Evil is begotten of lies but thrives on indifference and abortion is both: first the lie that it is the mother’s choice and then the indifference to the needs of the child. In this way, an abortion not only destroys the life of the child, but gives birth to evil instead. This unhappy realization has left many women–and men–with suffering and grief that may never be healed.

It may not be popular or easy, but in this time of darkness and despair and death, there can be no solace in ignoring the evil which is constantly in our faces. If we are to prevent more Cooper Harrises, we must be witnesses to the joy of the Gospel and shine forth with the light of love. If we are to prevent children from being abandoned, we must be tireless, because evil does not sleep. If we are to prevent women from inflicting the deep wounds of abortion, we must be compassionate, because evil cuts deep into the soul. If we are to prevent more Kermit Gosnells, we must be courageous, because evil fears no man. If we are to build a culture of life, it is not enough to say that we oppose abortion on some purely theoretical level, but we must do everything we can always and everywhere to protect the unborn and to defend the dignity of the human person. This is the great struggle of our age, but with God’s help, it is one we can win.


Categories:Abortion Culture Pro-Life Youth

  • Don Martin

    One has to understand, I think, that Roe v. Wade was pure usurpation.

    It was not a judicial act; it was actually an ultra vires usurpation of legislative powers that had been reserved to the several states from the founding of the republic.

    Roe v Wade discovered what the founders never wrote or saw, and what those who enacted the post Civil War amendments never wrote or saw.

    Law is morality writ large.

    It is like a cargo net. It can hold an enormous weight, but it certainly lets a lot pass through its strands, for as strong as they are the strands of such a net have huge spaces between them.

    Individual morality is, or ought to be of a much finer mesh, catching things before they reach that cargo net.

    The law on abortion before Roe was never exactly congruent with the moral law as most of the good Protestant Christians who enacted those laws saw and understood the moral law as a personal matter.

    The laws typically had exceptions for rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. Some made distinctions between early and late abortion. They were, as one would expect from fifty separate states with diverse populations, full of differences and nuances, though all supported the general notion that life, i.e. human life was special and entitled to protection.

    Typically, the abortionist, not the woman was prosecuted.

    The abortion laws of the states followed British common law per Blackstone , and regarded abortion as a heinous misdemeanor.

    The federalization of the abortion laws was a great mistake in my view. It was an assault on the very concept and spirit of a nation claiming to be a representative democracy, a republic.

    It has garbled our politics. It has had a destructive impact on the family, indirectly acting to coerce many women to do what they do not want to do, and teaching men to be irresponsible.

    I think it no accident that we have reaped violence from deranged young men, who have been taught from birth that life is cheap, and that to revere and respect life in the womb is to mark one’s self as a religious fanatic or worse, a warrior against women.

    The law is a great teacher, and for four decades we have taught that the child in utero is a thing without worth, and by implication many may have inferred at Columbine and on a typical weekend in Chicago that life is cheap.

    We are a bit like Weimar Germany, in my view, where the wise, the rational and tolerant, discovered that the insane, the elderly and the infirm could be disposed of lawfully because they were life that was unworthy of life.

    Adolf Hitler found much to admire in the tracts of American practitioners of eugenics. The successors of those practitioners are now succeeding in ways they never deemed possible in the early decades of the last century, before Nuremberg brought that mindset into disrepute. But not to worry! They held a wild card, a trump card, the Supreme Court of the United States.

    The locus of many abortion mills is precisely in the minority communities whose numbers Margaret Sanger sought to reduce.

  • pchristle

    “God does not despise His creations. When a seed is planted in the mother’s womb, God wants that seed to grow and flourish and someday bear fruit of its own. When a child is conceived, God wants that child to live and to thrive and to succeed.”

    Isn’t it amazing! Richard Mourdock said this very thing two weeks before the 2012 Indiana Senate election and outrage and a monumental twisting of words ensued from Democrats, the media (I repeat myself) and even Republican politicians (Kelly Ayotte and Richard Lugar, I mean you). Consequently, Indiana was cursed with a Democrat Senator. Truth is a hard sell these days.

    • Sean Argir

      If God doesn’t make mistakes, then how come is he labeled a gracious God and a good God?

      Just asking as people rape, torture, and/or murder others. Imagine a child being tortured for years. How can a gracious and good God allow that to happen?

    • Harry Smith

      God may want that seed to grow but not at the expense of a woman’s right of choice.

      • Maria

        So basically you’re saying that in God’s eyes one person’s right to “choose” is more important than another person’s right to LIVE ???

        • Sean Argir

          MAria……..are you against all forms of abortion no matter what the conditions are?

          Basically, would you not allow abortion even if the fetus would never survive outside the womb and the mother would die without an abortion?

      • Dabhe

        Interesting contradiction within this comment thread — Sean disallows free will; Harry elevates free will above right and wrong, above life itself. The common error is mistaking what God permits for what God approves.

        Sean, God gives us the ability to choose good or evil. If everyone were only able to choose good, we would not have free will. If we did not have free will then YOU (as well as everyone else) would be forced to believe in God and live by his laws — not by a church, not by a government, but by your own nature — whether you wanted to or not.

        Harry, God gives us the ability to choose evil instead of good, death instead of life. That does not mean that he is indifferent to our choices, or that all our choices please him. A woman’s ability to choose an abortion does not indicate that it’s what God would want for her.

        • Sean Argir

          Dabhe…..there is so much wrong with what you said.

          Everyone talks about God intervening in their lives by guiding them, saving them, and so forth. The church also talks about God knowing all that happens and everything that you have done, are doing, and will do. This equates to you not having a single free-will action in your entire life.

          With that being said, God then actually knows who is going to be evil and do bad things even before they happen. I would say that this means God is selfish and does things only for his pleasure.

          My opinion, from logical philosophical thinking, is that if there is a God or more than one God, they have no control over the elements in the universe and only started the creation (not exactly how the bible says). Once the creation was began, everything from a proton to the big stars had their own actions without input from a higher being we call God.

          Also to clarify, I consider myself an atheist.

  • Joe B,

    “…but they don’t want to force their beliefs on others…”

    I am so tired of this bogus statement. All laws force a belief on others.

    Let’s take the word abortion out of that statement and try some others…

    I personally don’t believe in RAPE, but I don’t want to force my beliefs on others.

    child molestation
    child abuse
    spousal abuse

    And hundreds of other acts that most all consider unacceptable behavior in a civilized society today.

    But turn on the propoganda machine, and a few years later, child molestation is now just a personal lifestyle, right?

    • pchristle

      yes, but . . . Truth is a hard sell these days.



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