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|Mon, 04-05-2010 - 9:35am|
Real Baby Killers
One of the most brutal child abuse cases made headlines this week in Kansas. Yes, there are real "baby killers" in society. Are we finally prepared to have a grown-up discussion on women and reproductive decisions?
Let's begin by first examining the sanctity of life philosophy of men like Scott Roeder. The philosophy is grounded in the theory that any pregnant woman, and I mean any woman, say a 12 year old girl with Down's syndrome, has the moral duty to carry her fetus to term regardless of any other issues or common sense facts. Or, let's use a different example. A woman in her early twenties who has no job, is hooked on drugs, lives with an abusive boyfriend and she also has anger management issues, is pregnant. Which is the more ethical choice? Deny both these females a safe, humane option to ending their pregnancies if they wish to do so, or uphold the sanctity of life and demand these women give birth?
If you can't decide perhaps we need to make the issue more real. The abuse of a child in Newton, Kansas last week was revealed to be so brutal that the authorities said they had never seen anything so horrible. Do we still stand and support the sanctity of life mantra which means this sweet, innocent, defenseless little lamb's torture was far more humane than if its mother had aborted him? I bet we won't see self-righteous football player Tim Tebow doing a commercial on this real life scenario any too soon.