March 1, 2019-
I am now less than a week from being with family again. It will be a tonic for my soul. Work has become difficult in some respects, which have nothing to do with my co-workers, our students or, for that matter, with me. That is a subject, though, for another time. Besides, I have never signed up for “easy”.
I want to consider a recent social and legislative trend that is deeply troubling. Those who style themselves “Progressives” have embarked on a social engineering project, allowing people with scant medical knowledge to determine which newborn babies can live and which should die.
I am referring, of course, to the recently-enacted law in New York, which, conceivably, will allow someone to beat a pregnant spouse, or significant other, kill the fetus and get off scot-free-for the baby’s death. Similar legislation has been proposed by a more conservative administration in Virginia, but I digress.
There are a host of alternatives to mass infanticide, with their bottom line being: “All life is sacred, sanctified. A fetus in late term, and a disabled, or otherwise “inconvenient” newborn, are just as entitled to life as any creature who walks the Earth. Rather than open the door to unscrupulous medical entrepreneurs, consider:
Adoption is far preferable to butchery. It may even be worthwhile to consider establishing nurturing centers, where the unwanted child could get a fair shake at life. I am not talking about orphanages, in the conventional sense. A parent facing hard times would not have to relinquish all ties to a child. I am talking about licensed facilities, carefully monitored and regulated, with staff who are highly trained in early child development, brain research and organic/plant-based/essential oils-based nutrition. These are all things that many progressives, and more than a few conservatives, say they want to see in the world. It is far preferable to fund such centers than to fund abortion clinics, whose “craft”, if you will, should be a very last resort-only in case of forcible incest or a severe health risk to the mother. Rape victims, I would imagine, would be better served by a nurturing center, which could also be attached to a rape crisis center and thus provide services to the victimized mother.
I offer these thoughts, with a view towards stopping the stampede towards madness, which, sadly, even political moderates seem to be joining.