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Lives Lost In 2011

Updated on December 28, 2011
Can we pretend to know what would have never been, if he had not been born?
Can we pretend to know what would have never been, if he had not been born? | Source

Is one life more sacred than another?

I am troubled that abortions and suicides represent people we will never have the chance to meet, to share laughter with, admire, and learn from, be protected by, or come to love. True, choosing to uphold the sanctity of life can sometimes entail extraordinarily heavy burdens.

I believe that lives are sacred, created with their own spark of divinity, and intended to live out a lifespan long or short with all that life has to offer and to gain.

I could perhaps gather statistics of the lives lost to abortions and suicides this year, but lumping such losses together in statistical coldness is not the point. One such loss is tragic.

You may have heard the recent news report that a young woman paid someone to beat her up so that she would have a miscarriage and her fetus would die from the trauma.

Every aborted fetus experiences such trauma, whether from a beating, a fall, or an abortion. Every fetus deserves to be born in innocence, in the natural process to human existence.

But "what about this...?" And, "what about that...?"

I'm sorry, but I find it impossible to reconcile the sanctity of life and creation with the "what ifs" that abound today such as "life of the mother," "rape," "incest," "deformity," handicaps," "etc."

How can we have it both ways? Where are those choices rooted in scripture?

Is all life sacred? Is one life more sacred than another? Did a life in the womb come into being pre-destined to be aborted? I don't believe so.

Suicide is a very different circumstance, but only because the living person is usually making an ill-informed choice based on their own perceptions of the value of their own life. Murder-suicide, as in too many cases the act of a suicidal person choosing to commit murder as part of their act of suicide. If anything, it is even more abhorrent, an act without recourse to repentance; such acts are two or more killings and transgressions of the commandment not to kill.

The rest is speculation, for we will never know (at least not in mortality) what the real consequences are for we humans usurping God's divine power over life and death. We marvel at Abraham's willingness to offer his son in sacrifice, while thinking too little of the sacrifices of aborted lives and suicides.

We can choose to mourn with those who mourn, and comfort those in need of comfort. Meanwhile I will continue to wish that we might gain a needed perspective and understanding from the lives of those whose lives were almost aborted or almost lost to suicide. Those examples could teach us the differences which choosing to respect life has made in this world we share with them.

Our "national debt" is not just one of dollars and cents owed to lenders, we appear to owe these sad debts to God.

(c) 2011 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Abortion, suicide, murder: the latter two are sins as decried in the Bible. Is abortion, which kills a living creation, really any different? Who aren't you ever going to meet, be defended by, laugh at their jokes, use their inventions, hold in your arms? Each of these sins leaves the world a little less, and life a little cheapened...or is it cheapened a lot?

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I am led to offer this actual example: Manolie was interpreting for a mother delivering her first child. At the very moment of delivery in a major hospital, the baby was delivered with no heartbeat, and the mother hemorrhaged badly. The doctor put the baby aside due to the mother's situation. Manolie told the doctor, "Then you won't mind my doing what I have been trained to do." The doctor replied, "No, but if in five minutes things remain unchanged, give it to me to handle." Within three minutes Manolie had the baby's heart beating and the child is a strong and healthy young man today. He is also the only child the mother will ever have. The doctor at the moment of the simultaneous birth and crisis, opted for the mother's life. It just happened that Manolie, an MD who cannot practice in the USA for lack of papers destroyed in the aftermath of the war in Laos, was there and could save the baby, though she was only present as an interpreter in her capacity with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Had the baby been breathing, a nurse could have taken care of the baby, freeing the doctor to administer to the mother. With the newborn not breathing (and uncertain if it ever would) the doctor chose to save the living but endangered mother. But, what if.... ?"

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      David Legg 7 6 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      Well written and thought provoking, these might not be welcome truths to some. But truths they remain.