Saturday, March 3, 2018

Day 18: Intended to Die

"My enemies say of me in malice, 'When will he die, and his name perish?'” (Psalm 41:5)

Who is at risk? The real question is: Who is not?
    The intention to destroy a life, once unleashed, knows no bounds.

When R.N. Jill Stanek, testified to the grisly practice of L & D abortions she exposed an ethic of intent: for a child intended to die before birth, birth itself provides no safety. Accidental live births were simply left to die.

Congress outlawed the withholding of care with the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002. But this law is not consistently enforced. The film "22 Weeks" tells of the horrific real-life consequences of enforcing a mother's intent to abort against her later intent to nurture the child who was born.

In 1993 Peter Singer extended this "intent ethic" even longer -- up to 30 days post partum. Last year, the Journal of Medical Ethics argued that parental intent to destroy the imperfect be honored even months and years after birth. With ethics like these, will anybody, at any time, be free from the risk of being killed by those with power to define perfection?

Uncounted thousands have been left to die after birth because someone intended to kill them before birth. But some have lived to tell their stories. Through miraculous people like Melissa Ohden and Gianna Jessen, God has given voice to those who were intended to die.
Book: You Carried Me, by Melissa Ohden

O God, who seest that of ourselves we have no strength: keep us both outwardly and inwardly; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Reminiscere)

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