Fr. Terry has asked me several times to start posting on the blog again. So I will. Right now actually.
My brother-in-law posted an article on my facebook this morning. You can read it here if you’d like: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37920310/ns/health-more_health_news/
The article says that British health experts have come out with a new study that concludes a baby in the womb cannot feel pain before 24 weeks. And that, because of this fact, British abortion laws (which allow abortion up to 24 weeks) should not change.
I started googling. First, to figure out if other doctors agreed with this medical statement, and, second, to see what the pro-life community was saying in response. I found a great article at LifeNews.com which does both. You can read that one here: http://www.lifenews.com/nat6467.html.
I find it encouraging that information opposing this study was so readily available. It really wasn’t hard to find statements from doctors, surgeons, and anesthesiologists that challenged the idea that babies cannot feel pain before 24 weeks.
On the article posted by FoxNews.com (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,595284,00.html), one of the quoted doctors made an important point regarding the supposed finality of the British study. Dr. Manny Alvarez says, “There is no way to quantify pain in-utero….To say that we don’t know if fetuses feel pain before 24 weeks would be a more accurate statement.”
Many times the media will present a theory as fact, and people will accept it without question. However, if we take the time to actually research what we hear and read, especially when it comes to medical finds (and, more importantly, medical finds regarding pro-life), we see that the information didn’t create a new indisputable fact at all, just a different possibility.
When I talk to pro-abortionists who tell me that a baby in the womb is absolutely not a person, I often ask them how they can be so certain of that. And, since most of them are not doctors, they usually find themselves at a loss for an unarguable answer. Instead they shoot my question back at me, “Well, how do you know that it is a person? You can’t prove your point either.” And they are right. No matter how many medical studies we do, if a person is unwilling to believe that a child in the womb is a gift from God which we are incapable of imitating, they are not going to see any reason for offering it protection.
The British government is an excellent example of this. They hope to use this study to keep the pro-life community in their country from increasing the limitations on abortions. They do not care if the study is conclusive or credible, only that it is published and readily available for their pro-abortion agenda. That is the way of a broken world. They willfully choose, again and again, despite evidence or conviction, to ignore the life of an unborn child.
This does not mean we should consider all lost and keep silent.
Psalm 46 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of Hosts is with us….” Thankfully, God is much bigger than our governments, and fully capable of healing the brokenness that comes from powerful men and women making unrighteous decisions. I invite you to continually pray for pro-life voices in countries around the world, and to find a way to be a voice yourself.
I also pray that other doctors in the British medical community will speak up for the unborn and publicly contest this study, and that the British pro-lifers will not be discouraged by their government’s bias, only encouraged by the presence of a mighty God.
Peace of the Lord be always with you, and thanks for reading the blog.