I know we’ve been having fun with the Women’s Bioethics Project, but I’m going to get serious. And – warning to all who are easily offended – tonight I will fail my mission by talking about my religious motives. But, as long as you’re here, you might as well read on and learn about the whole motive for this blog. Think of it as cultural sensitivity training.
This week, I was asked once again No, I wasn’t asked. I was repeatedly reminded, by someone I believe to be a sincere Christian, that my true citizenship is in heaven, not this world, that the babies who are aborted are innocent and they will go to heaven, while their moms need to be saved. Paul’s admonition to be all things to all people in order to win some for Christ was mentioned several times, and I was urged to just “Love them!” Well, I do love them. Out of love, there are some things I won’t do, because they are unhealthy for the other people involved and unChristian and won’t glorify God at all – and will actually interfer with my ability to be a good witness for Christ.
That good Christian didn’t seem to believe that I love the people I’m thwarting – did not ask – and insisted that I explain why a Christian would support sidewalk counseling, push for legal and regulatory changes that restrict abortion and attempt to ban research dependent on the destruction of embryos, and even go so far as to study Bioethics. (Which is what put me in the position that I must comply with that insistence.)
So, I’m working on a paper to explain that I am also a citizen of a representative democracy where I am just as responsible for the acts carried out by the State as the non-Christian next door. I plan to explain about this blog, which is an attempt to reach non-Christians as well as Christians who don’t feel welcomed at other pro-life sites.
Then I’ll explain while it’s true that unborn babies (if they have a soul) will go to heaven, so will children until the “age of accountability.” For that matter, it probably wouldn’t make a difference to the ultimate fate of all those people who have lost all chance of coherence and consciousness. And that’s pretty much the point of some psuedo-ethicists such as Tooley and Singer, who advocate for weighing the worth of human beings in reference to the happiness of a dog or chicken.
And, as a family doctor, if someone doesn’t work to limit these actions, I will continue to have my ability to practice medicine literally threatened by people who believe that doctors have a duty to prescribe abortifacients, refer them to abortionists and unethical “fertility” specialists who practice pre-implantation diagnosis. I will have to withdraw from professional associations whose “ethics statements” and “standards of care” back the free access (by my hand and against my will) to “legal procedures” and who would lobby through those organizations to remove the age of consent – with it’s “parental interference in the physician-patient relationship” – from my State laws.I will have to stand by why other professionals are made moral slaves by such as the Governor of Illinois.
In the near future, even Texas may have legalized Physician Assisted Suicide, embryonic stem cell experiments, cloning with State mandated killing of the human life, and even involuntary patient killing such as is now legal in the Netherlands.
And, if I renounce my citizenship in the representative democrocies of my State and Country, more hearts will be scarred over and hardened by participation and assistance in acts that I am sure will be just as heinous to future historians as past Christians’ in regard to slavery, domestic violence and eugenics.
Which can’t be good for the efforts to win hearts for Christ in the future.