A physician’s view on the sanctity of life

Dr. Ben Carson. (Image from CarsonScholars.org)

“The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant”

Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant  and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion. I informed her of the multiple  options available to her outside of abortion and she decided to go through with  the pregnancy even though the child had hydrocephalus and required neurosurgical  intervention after birth a few weeks later. She kept the baby and loves the  beautiful child that has resulted.

A couple of decades ago, I came into the pediatric Intensive  Care Unit on morning rounds and was told about a four-year-old girl who had  been hit by an ice cream truck, and was comatose and exhibiting little  neurological function other than reactive pupils. I tested her pupillary  reflexes and both pupils were fixed and dilated. The staff indicated to me that  this is something that must have just occurred. I grabbed the bed and with some  help, transported her quickly to the operating room for an emergency craniotomy.  I was met along the way by a senior neurosurgeon who told me I was wasting my  time and that at best, we would end up with someone in a vegetative state.

Nevertheless, we completed the operation and a few days later, her pupils  became reactive and she eventually left the hospital. I saw her a few years ago  walking through the hospital with her own 4-year-old little girl. She was  neurologically fully intact and told me she had become somewhat of a celebrity  because of the experience I just related. What do these two stories have in  common? They both involve precious lives that could easily have been  discarded.

My entire professional life has been devoted to saving and enhancing lives.  Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me.  I have personally met several people who have told me that their mothers had  considered abortion, but happily decided against it.

Most of us instinctively want to protect helpless creatures and sometimes go  to great lengths to do so. The television commercials about abused animals are very poignant and as a society, we sometimes delay or cancel large construction  projects to protect an “endangered” insect, amphibian or fish. Yet many of us  turn a blind eye to the wanton slaughter of millions of helpless human babies  who are much more sophisticated than some of the other creatures, when nothing  is at stake other than the convenience of one or both parents. I am not saying  that we should abandon our efforts to save baby seals and a host of other  animals. Rather I am saying shouldn’t we consider adding human fetuses and  babies to the list?

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Watching the human fetus develop is awe-inspiring. In less than three months  from conception, the little hands and feet are quite recognizable and distinct  facial features characterize cute, but very tiny human beings. From Day One,  neurons of the brain are proliferating at a rate that will yield a staggering  100 billion neurons by birth. In a matter of nine months from conception, we  have a living, breathing, eating, vocal human being who just two months later is  socially interactive. Some people oppose having pregnant women view ultrasonic  pictures of their developing babies because they do not want an emotional bond  to develop. Careful unbiased contemplation however, might yield the conclusion  that such bonding is essential to the survival of mankind. Successful farmers  nourish and protect their growing crops and if conditions threaten their crops,  they do what is necessary to protect them. Rather than attack the analogy, think  about how much more precious a human life is than a stalk of corn.

It is important to try to understand the emotional state of young women  seeking an abortion. Instead of judging and condemning them, we need to provide  compassion and support. They need to be provided with easy access to adoption  services and information about assistance available to them if they decide to  keep the baby. I have visited many warm, inviting facilities around the country  that exist solely for the purpose of helping these young women.

It is equally, if not more important, to reach these young women before they  become pregnant. Forget about those politically correct people who say all  lifestyles are equal and inform those young women about the true consequences of  out-of-wedlock birth for those who are not financially independent. We need to  make sure they understand that they can provide a much better life for  themselves and their children when they plan ahead and value themselves  appropriately.

As a society, we cannot be afraid to discuss important social and moral  issues. Our heritage as a nation is built on compassion, forgiveness and  understanding. Courage is also vitally important because those who stand on  godly principles and values will be attacked. Attempting to characterize love  and compassion for human life as a “war on women” is deceitful and pathetic. We  the people must stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated by those with agendas  that do not include regard for the sanctity of life.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins  University.

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The Supreme Court made Abortion legal – the Racist, Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood (funded by Rockefeller’s…). Eugenics was legal in Germany – Hitler (funded by the Rockefellers…) built the Gas Ovens…

Moloch (also known as Molech, Molek, Melech, or Minerva’s Owl and depicted as a Bull, Dog, or Owl) altars (carved to show four horns – one at each corner) were used in the sacrifice of human beings – little has changed in 2,000 years. Pagans who worshiped Moloch often sacrificed one of their own children, who was ritually murdered and then placed in a sacrificial altar of fire. The sacrifice of the child was to assure a blessing of prosperity for the family. In short, a child was murdered for the promised prosperity the family was to receive from Moloch. If this sounds barbaric today then consider the 50 million babies who have been murdered legally in the United States for the convenience or prosperity of their mothers and other family members. Abortion has the same intended outcome of personal and family prosperity as did the sacrifice of a child at the altar of Moloch.

There are some differences between abortion today as a means of obtaining prosperity, and human sacrifice to Moloch thousands of years ago.  For one thing, the pagans actually buried their dead children whereas in the United States and other Western nations their little bodies are flushed down toilets, tossed in dumpsters or used in medical experiments (checkout the contents of Vaccines).

One ponders the difference between the ancient ritual killings to Moloch for prosperity and today’s medically sanitized disposal of babies as a reason – prosperity.

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