According to the Bible, each and every life is precious. In fact, the Bible says in Psalm 139:14 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
This verse shows that God values life from the moment of conception. Therefore, as Christians, we too should value life from its earliest beginnings. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this sentiment, especially when the life in question is less than perfect.
A recent Washington Post op-ed penned by columnist Ruth Marcus disagrees with the Bible when it comes to the preciousness of life. She believes that a woman should be able to abort a child for any reason, including finding out the fetus has a medical condition like Down syndrome. Ruth even goes so far as to say that preventing a woman from aborting her child for any reason is wrong. She most certainly would disagree with the recent Down syndrome abortion ban passed by Ohio.
Thankfully, Ohio has made such a provision. The legislative efforts by those in power in Ohio passed a Down syndrome abortion ban in 2017. However, it has been blocked by a federal judge.
Even if the ban was put in place, experts agree it doesn’t go nearly far enough. The problem at its root is in the fact that a mother can eliminate a life growing within her if it is unwanted. The change that should be considered is to make it where a fetuse’s right to life is no longer determined by whether it is wanted.
Right now, in Ohio, there are already protections in place to prevent abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation. The new law would go a step further and make it impossible for a woman to have an abortion as a result of a Down syndrome diagnosis alone. Of course, women can get around the law by simply not saying their reason for abortion is their baby’s diagnosis. In addition, the law does nothing to protect other disabilities like children diagnosed with spina bifida.
Although some legislation protecting life is most certainly better than no legislation protecting life, the Down syndrome ban by the state of Ohio doesn’t go nearly far enough according to the Christian Post. A true victory would include a ban on all abortions, as mentioned above, no matter the condition of the fetus in question.
“If anyone has ever had the arms of a Down syndrome child or adult wrapped around your necks, you will know you have encountered profound love that comes from the heart,” Kentucky Rep. Addia Wuchner said while sounding off on the issue.
Since the 1973 passage of Roe v. Wade, America has seen countless, unnecessary deaths of fetuses housed within their mother’s wombs. Planned Parenthood alone was responsible for the abortion of 7,132,130 babies as of January of 2018, according to the CNS News. Thankfully, due to the efforts of many, abortions are slowing and places like Planned Parenthood are seeing a decline in the number of abortions they perform.
In the meantime, we hope the efforts of legislation like the one passed in Ohio can expand and protect even more unborn lives. Unfortunately, as it stands today, it’s somewhat of a hollow victory for the reasons outlined above.
~ 1776 Christian