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Life: Value or Discrimination

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A story out of England demonstrates both the fragility and determination of life. Jodie Percival and her fiancee decided that they would abort their pre-born son just a couple weeks into her pregnancy. The decision to end the new life was compelling, but not justifying:

Percival’s first son Thane died of multicystic dysplastic kidneys — which causes cysts to grow on the kidneys of an unborn baby — and her second child Lewis was born with serious kidney damage and currently has just one kidney, the Daily Mail reported.

But, as providence would have it, the doctors goofed. Weeks later, Percival feels a “fluttering” in her belly. Upon examination, the doctors discover that she is still pregnant. What is more, Baby Finley is born – yes, with minor kidney damage – but with a health prognosis for living an entirely normal life. Now, Mom and Dad are thrilled at the arrival of their son.

This story is but more evidence that no one should determine that innocent life is worthless.

Granted, even the most “perfect” among us are born imperfect, yet filled with inherent worth. It is tremendous to see the inherent determination in Baby Finley. Though incredibly fragile – indeed, starting life against all genetic and physical odds – he is innately determined to survive. The juxtaposition of his fragility to his determination can only be described as beautiful.

Now think of this: a 1999 study found that more than 90% of pregnancies diagnosed with the genetic disorder known as, “Down’s Syndrome” were terminated. The question should be obvious: where do we as a society get off deciding who will and who will not survive the womb? While life is tragically fragile – even for the “healthy” – it’s delicate nature ought to motivate our handling it with tenderness and defense. Instead, society approves kicking it to the curb as “unwanted.”

No one should be permitted to decide that an innocent life is worthless – especially when so many of those lives are determined to survive despite all the odds. Every innocent life deserves protection. A person’s value is not based on his or her physical characteristics. In fact, to use someones physical characteristics to determine the value of his or her life is the textbook definition of discrimination!


Written by Jeremy Dys

June 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Life

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