Wise old Solomon would be as weary of the news cycle as we are: "The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit." There's nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11). The problem is we have short memories.

Consider infanticide. It jarred our consciences when Virginia's governor outlined how newborns could be left to die.1 But when I first joined the pro-life movement 30-odd years ago, there'd been an actual case in Bloomington, Indiana.

In 1982, Baby Doe was born with correctable physical defects. The parents refused surgery because the infant also had Down syndrome. Developmental delays could not be fixed. Indiana courts ruled in favor of the parents. Baby Doe died before the U.S. Supreme Court could hear the case.2

More recently, Dutch doctors drafted the Groningen Protocol so they could euthanize disabled infants without submitting to pesky police interrogations.3 Anti-euthanasia campaigner Paul Russell writes, "To my knowledge, this protocol has never been formally approved by the Dutch lawmakers and, in recent years, the number of children being killed this way has fallen significantly—mostly due, one suspects, to the advent of universal prenatal screening."4 He means prenatal screenings that result in abortion.

Abortion and infanticide are linked, although many supporters of abortion often try to deny it. Of course, there's no substantial difference between causing the death of a human being before or after birth. Those who support "after-birth abortions" also favor the pre-birth version.

Advocates of keeping 3rd-trimester abortions legal claim they are rare, but is 5,600 a small number? That's how many abortions there were at or after 21 weeks in 2015. It sounds like a lot to me.5

Infanticide has a long history, as Georgi Boorman traced it for The Federalist.6 So does the tradition of Christians rescuing people who are discarded.

Around and around we go.


Endnotes:
1. "Virginia Governor Defends Letting Infants Die," National Review, 1/30/2019, https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginia-governor-defends-letting-infants-die/ 
2. "Anniversary of Baby Doe’s Death," Indiana Right to Life, https://www.irtl.org/2013/04/anniversary-of-baby-does-death/, "The Baby Doe Rules (1984)," Embryo Project Encyclopediahttps://embryo.asu.edu/pages/baby-doe-rules-1984 
3. "The Groningen Protocol — Euthanasia in Severely Ill Newborns," N Engl J Med 2005; 352:959-962, https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp058026
4. "The Dutch do it better," https://www.mercatornet.com/careful/view/the-dutch-do-it-better/18698
5. "Abortion Surveillance—United States, 2015," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/ss/ss6713a1.htm 
6. "Infanticide Is the Historical Hallmark of a Pagan Culture," The Federalist, http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/04/without-christianity-we-might-unthinkingly-return-to-the-infanticidal-cultures-of-yore

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