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Ghastly Revelation Gives Abortion Debate a Moment of Clarity

  • Jim Daly
    Jim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
  • 2014 Apr 01
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The news came as a shocker to many: British hospitals were incinerating the remains of aborted and miscarried babies to heat their facilities.

How can we not be aghast at this news… at this act committed against these precious little bodies?

As The Telegraph reports, England’s “Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr. Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’”

Indeed, it is “totally unacceptable” that parents who had just lost their child weren’t consulted on what they wanted to happen to their babies’ remains.

But isn’t also inconceivable that some of the at least 15,500 remains incinerated over the past two years had died as a result of abortion?

Yet it appears we’re at a point in the culture where we’re more outraged over what happens to the remains of a child than what happens to a child who is still alive in his mother’s womb.

 How did we get here?

We’ve turned our back on biblical principles.

Nevertheless, at a fundamental level, there’s hope. Because, it seems to me, the strong reaction at this gruesome discovery uncovers that most people, deep inside, know that a preborn child is human as a baby who has just been born. And if that’s the case, how can we deny a preborn child a chance at life?

After all, it’s not a matter of that child being “wanted” or not. The child who slips away into eternity at 15 weeks’ gestation as a result of a miscarriage is no more or less human than the child whose mother chooses abortion 15 weeks into her pregnancy.

Sometimes it takes a news item as alarming as this one to give our culture a rare moment of clarity.

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