Mother’s Day and the Culture of Death

Trig Paxson Van Palin

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we will take time out to honor the people who mean so much in our lives.

And while we will spend a lot of money and energy honoring our mothers, there will be those who will have great discomfort on this day. Some will be reminded that they had children and instead chose to end their lives through abortion. But we know that God is merciful and that there is forgiveness of sin and there can be restoration to those who come to him through Christ. After all, we are all tainted before him.

The picture included in this post is of Trig Paxson Van Palin, whose mother Sarah will be especially happy on this Mother’s Day. You see, Trig was born April 18 to Sarah and her husband Todd. Besides being a beautiful baby boy, he was also born with with an extra chromosome, which means he has Down syndrome. Albert Mohler picks up the story

The Palins never considered aborting the baby. That means that Trig Palin is now is a very rare group of very special children, because it is now believed that the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth are being aborted.

Modern diagnostic tests are driving a “search and destroy mission” to eliminate babies judged to be inferior, disabled, or deformed. Some experts now believe that up to 90 percent of all pregnancies diagnosed as having a likelihood of Down syndrome end in abortion.

Back in 2005, ethicist George Neumayr commented: “Each year in America fewer and fewer disabled infants are born. The reason is eugenic abortion. Doctors and their patients use prenatal technology to screen unborn children for disabilities, then they use that information to abort a high percentage of them. Without much scrutiny or debate, a eugenics designed to weed out the disabled has become commonplace.”

These kind of stories catch my attention because, first of all, I do not want to see any child’s life ended through abortion. Secondly, in my own family we have been blessed with a special child with Down syndrome. People like the Palins and my brother-in-law and his wife are heroes to me because they stand in the face of what our society tells us is right — that these children have a life that is not worth living.

So, be thankful for your mother and love this coming Sunday. But also love those around you. People who have made mistakes and now regret them. People who don’t understand but still need love. People who are living difficult lives but who are witnesses that God is great and we are all needy people.

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One thought on “Mother’s Day and the Culture of Death

  1. My SIL told me recently that a relative of hers had recently had an abortion. Although this couple had been trying for years to conceive (and I think had to resort to some medical/artificial means to do it), and although they had wanted a boy, which is what the baby was, a prenatal test indicated that the baby had spina bifida, so they killed him. I’m not sure of the accuracy of the test — I know that all tests can have false positives and false negatives; but I do know that there is a big range in disability with spina bifida — a childhood friend of mine had it, and I never knew it until I was much older. The only thing different about him (which I didn’t even know as a child), is that he cannot control his bowels, but he can control his bladder. So sad that these children are being exterminated — and I’m pretty sure that the March of Dimes is promoting this extermination, which saddens me. I thought we’d gotten better than we were in the 50s. Back then, disabled children were put into homes and forgotten by their families; today, they’re just murdered before they’re even born. So sad.

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