What is life? Is all life sacred? Is all life equal? Who gets to decide — politicians, clergy, God, women?
If you’re a woman, do you have the right to control your own body? If you’re a fetus or a partially-born baby, does your mother have the right to kill you?
The “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003” (a Bill introduced in the Senate) defines “partial-birth abortion” to mean “an abortion in which the person performing the abortion — (A) deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and (B) performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus”. The Senate voted to prevent that Bill from becoming law.
Have you ever watched a partial-birth abortion, in real life or on YouTube? Does the mother think it’s murder? Does the partially-born baby think it’s murder?
Is a baby born from rape or incest not human?
Is abortion an act of grace that frees a fetus or partially-born baby from becoming an orphan? What would Steve Jobs say?
Does shame, hardship, or anything justify taking the life of a fetus or a partially-born baby? What about a fetus or a partially-born baby diagnosed with spina bifada? What about a severely autistic infant? What about a grandmother who has no income or assets, has an irreversible medical condition that requires full-time life support equipment in a hospital setting, lacks health insurance, and yearns for daily full-time attention?
The Supreme Court relied on the state of medical science that existed at the time of its Ruling in Roe v. Wade. It relied on the viability of a fetus, as defined by medical science of the time. As medical science has progressed, so has the viability of a fetus. A time likely will come when viability will begin at the time of fertilization. Will medical science inevitably require the reversal of Roe v. Wade? Does it now require a partial reversal?
Does God think medical science has the answers to all these questions? Do politicians, clergy, and women think so?
Stephen B. Benisch, February 7, 2018