Another Version of Modern Day Child Sacrifice

EXCERPT A report from the so-called “Journal of Medical Ethics” has caused quite an uproar across the web. The authors of this report argue that “what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

A number of blog posts and other commentaries have been authored in response to this report. I have read them with great interest, first as a Christian citizen who is watching western society be systematically destroyed by secular liberalism, and then, as one who has done some research on the subject of child sacrifice in the Old Testament and its connection to abortion in the modern day.

First, I would like to point the reader to two helpful articles that examine this issue. Both of these articles contain excerpts from the report, as well as brief biblical analyses.

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has provided a blog entry here: More on After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?

His colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, has also written a commentary on this, here: Ethicists argue in favor of ‘after-birth abortions’ as newborns ‘are not persons’.

Second, something unexpected happened when I saw pictures online of the authors of this report: Alberto Giubilini, who works with the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University in Australia, and Francesca Minerva, who works with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. They looked just like anyone I go to church with, or one of my neighbors. I thought: it is sobering how people who appear to be just like my friends and neighbors can endorse such monstrous evil.

The pictures brought back to my memory a sermon I once heard by Dr. Erwin Lutzer. The topic was about the breadth and depth of the wickedness and evil of the human heart. At the beginning of that sermon, he shared a historical nugget from the end of World War II. At the end of the war, the Allies discovered some film footage of Adolf Hitler that had not been seen previously by the Allies. In this footage, Hitler could be seen playing with his dog, kissing Eva Braun, laughing with his comrades, and doing a jig. The Allies determined that they could not release this footage to the public. He did not appear as the monster who unleashed six years of murderous hell on Poland, the devil who exterminated 6 million Jews, the barbarian who sent children to the gas chambers, or the mass murderer who sent his killing squads into Russia on a war of extermination. No…the film revealed something else entirely. The film revealed that Hitler was all too human, reminding us of the all too familiar words of the prophet:…

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