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The Right to Life
01-04-2007, 04:36 PM,
Dear Jackie-Sarah,

How sad it is that in our society so many seem to have succumbed to the notion that children are simply another possession which we can choose to 'have' or 'discard'.

It is ironic, given the way in which women's groups have (rightly) identified the commodification of women as one of the chief effects of pornography, that so many of them go on to do just that with children, arguing for a 'woman's right to choose'.

This is essentially a liberal, secular argument, which posits the existence of a 'right' to choose, and elevates it above a 'right' to life. It goes to show the tendentiousness of arguments about 'rights'. Rights do not exist in the abstract; someone has to formulate them. For thousands of years no one 'knew' that being 'human' conferred any rights on you.

Christianity, by emphasising that each of us is precious in the eyes of the God that made us, played a major role in making human society more humane; without it, it appears unlikely that slavery would have been abolished in the west. But Christianity is truly radical, it preaches God's ways, not our own, and it calls us to repentance and amendment of life - not a series of self-serving soft options where we get what we want.

Children are a precious gift from God; they are also a trial and a call to self-martyrdom; no one is forced to have them, and everyone should think carefully about what they are taking on: a life time's care and concern - and there's no instruction manual and no money-back guarantee; equally, we should not, as a society, be eliminating these little ones on the pretext that because they are still in the womb they are not 'human' and have no 'rights'.

It is a shame that it has taken so long for Governments to get back, albeit in a hesitant and (typically) half-hearted fashion, to the notion that families need some support from the taxation system.

Children are the future of any society, and one can tell much about a society's attitude to its future by the way it treats its children; does our attitude say anything good about that?

In Christ,

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Messages In This Thread
The Right to Life - Mark Fletcher - 20-02-2007, 01:54 PM
Right to Life - John Charmley - 20-02-2007, 05:23 PM
Right to Life - John Charmley - 30-03-2007, 07:54 AM
Unborn Children - forum - 30-03-2007, 07:06 PM
Save the children? - John Charmley - 30-03-2007, 09:36 PM
Children - John Charmley - 01-04-2007, 04:36 PM

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