The Demonic Nature of "Choice"
By Mary Ann Kreitzer
Pro-abortionists typically demonize the pro-life movement. Not surprising – how could they live with themselves if they recognized that those working for life are kind, generous, and quick to help with nothing to gain for themselves? And why do these pro-lifers, often mothers, do it? Because abortion is demonic and takes the lives of little ones who are no different from their own children. That's what turned me from a non-confrontational young mom into a rescue activist and sidewalk counselor. As I held my little ones, I couldn't help thinking about their peers who would never be held or cuddled or loved. Someone needed to love them enough to try to save them from the butcher's knife. And what a joy it is to hold a little one whose mother chose life at the last minute! Those moments I will never forget.
But so many babies still die. And, as legal abortion continues into the second generation, its demonic nature becomes more and more obvious even to many secularists. The New York Times recently ran an article on mothers who selectively abort one of a set of twins for no reason other than they want a "singleton." Talk about "random selection!" It is chilling to think of a woman going through all kinds of fertility treatments to secure a baby only to kill one. Set her action alongside the other insanities: sex selection abortion and late term abortion/infanticide. Although it is clearly evil to kill a baby at any stage, those abortions that show clear deliberation and full knowledge and consent by the mothers are particularly horrific. Is it any wonder women who kill one of their twins conceal it and are even advised by their doctors to hide their dirty little secret? They say no one will understand and they are right. No one will "understand" because it confounds the nature of motherhood to choose one of your children and hire a hit man to kill him. That "doctors" consent to perform the murder reflects their moral bankruptcy.
It is the modern "Sophie's choice" without the coercion of a Nazi soldier forcing the mother to target one of her children for death. She does it herself willingly, perhaps with a sigh, but killing nonetheless. Fear of "not being able to cope" cannot legitimize the act. How many of us on our graduation or wedding day don't fear the unknowns in the future?
But these mothers probably don't realize they are also choosing the unknown horror of living each day with the knowledge and memory of killing their babies' siblings. They don't yet realize the pain of loss they will experience every time they look at their newborns – or the curiosity of, "What would he or she be like?" As their children grow, how many losses will they experience at every milestone? A little ghost will haunt every birthday celebration, every holiday, every graduation, every swim meet and soccer game. How many of these moms will one day say to that solitary surviving twin in an unguarded moment of anger, "I should have killed you and not your twin!" Or will they just think it?
And what of the children? What does it do to the development of a baby to lie in the protection of his mother's womb and experience the invasion of the deadly needle that punctures the heart of his bosom companion? Can this really be an innocuous event? There are many stories of twins preserving and protecting the lives of their siblings. In England recently, doctors diagnosed a fraternal twin with a heart defect and a leaky amniotic sack at 20 weeks. The doctors predicted a sure death. The baby's twin positioned herself at the opening of the uterus creating a plug that allowed another ten weeks of growth and development. Both babies were born healthy and strong. In another case a set of twins were born and the weaker baby girl was in danger of death. Against hospital policy, a wise nurse put the little ones together in the same incubator and the stronger twin put her arm around her sister. The sick baby stablized and survived and the "rescuing hug" story went viral on the internet. The strong bond between twins is well known; what is not known is the long term impact of a twin experiencing the violent murder of a sibling in utero.
Another disconcerting fact from theTimes article is the connection it makes between immoral fertility treatments and abortion. As one mother says:
If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn't have reduced this pregnancy, because you feel like if there is a natural order, then you don't want to disturb it. But we created this child in such an artificial manner – in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me – and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice. The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.
Another mother openly acknowledged that she and her husband (and the doctor) were playing God:
It was very difficult for both of us. I still wonder, Did we choose the right one? – even though I wasn’t the one who chose. That idea, that one’s gone and one’s here, it’s almost like playing God. I mean, who are we to choose? Even as it was happening, I wondered what the future would have been if the doctor had put the needle into the other one.
Once a person usurps God's dominion over life and death ("We
created this child." "Did we choose [to kill] the right one?"), he makes himself "like unto God" with the power to decide who lives and who dies. The baby, then, becomes a "consumer" object to be valued or trashed at will. It is diabolical.
God created us in His image and likeness and gave us the gift of participating in the creation of new human souls for heaven. Only man, in his arrogance, throws the gift back in God's face and says, "I'll create my own heaven through my own choice." Sadly, that is a prescription for hell on earth and many of these mothers will no doubt experience it unless they repent and seek forgiveness.
One of the greatest gifts we can receive on earth is to cooperate with God in the act of creation and to experience the dignity of being trusted with rearing souls for Him. One of the devil's greatest deceptions is to convince parents to spurn that role, kill their children, and rejoice in their "control." The ultimate question is whether we will choose life or death. To be pro-life or "pro-choice" is as different as the choice between heaven and hell. May each of us choose life so that, as Deuteronomy 30 promises, "[we] and [our] children may live" - eternally with God in heaven.
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