Every Life Has Value

This question references this post.

anonymous:

Should a baby who may end up born with a disorder like anencephaly be born? You don’t think it’s cruel at all to allow a baby that will have literally no brain to be born? A baby with a disorder like that can be likened to a person on a life support machine. I’m not citing Down syndrome or anything, I mean the disorders where a baby is born missing a /vital/ organ and will die on the table. Not even they should be allowed a peaceful death?

cultureshift:

This is the hardest of all questions related to abortion. Before you read my response, watch this video and read my comments.

Aside from my commentary associated with Grayson’s video memorial, I want to make a few important points:

  1. Doctors have enormous motivation to encourage abortion if they are even slightly doubtful about the child’s health due to a new trend in prenatal misdiagnosis malpractice lawsuits where a mother can sue, and even win the lawsuit, if she misses the opportunity to kill her disabled child while cradled in her womb.

  2. Countless mothers have been told that their babies may have mental or physical challenges yet have gone on to deliver perfectly healthy children.

  3. Even if your child is not perfectly healthy, their lives matter and their lives should be honored with a birth.

  4. A child born with anencephaly will die a peaceful death even after birth, surrounded by those who love them.

  5. An anencephalic child can donate their organs to other newborn children in desperate need, contributing to the purpose and meaning of their short lives.

  6. Allowing the slaughter of some children in the womb opens the door to allowing the slaughter of other children in the womb.

Anencephaly is a tragedy. My son was born with Spina Bifida, a very mild manifestation of the neural tube defect that leads to anencephaly. Many people actually kill their prenatal children when diagnosed with Spina Bifida. That in itself is a tragedy. My son is a freshman in college studying criminal justice. Although he has challenges, his life is worth living. In fact, every life is worth living.

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