By Tom Wacaster
It has been said that behind every cloud is a silver lining. A little clip on Fox News website noted that with the onslaught of the coronavirus has come a dramatic cut back in the number of abortions being performed. No figures were given; just that one simple fact. When I read that little piece of news I wondered: “Do the number of lives saved by the cutback in abortions equal or exceed the number of deaths from the Coronavirus? Without definite numbers, there is no way to know. We do know, however, that the number of abortions from 1970 through 2016 totaled 46,413,319. That is an average of 987,513 per year, or 2,705 per day. The latest figure for deaths from Coronavirus is 51,385 since January 22. Over the 68-day period the world has had an average of 755 deaths from the virus. No doubt that number will climb dramatically. But what puzzles me is why the world seems so unconcerned about the number of babies that are dying from abortion.
World Meters Info has set up a website page to track the number of cases of Coronavirus, along with the deaths and recoveries from the disease. It changes every day; by the 1,000’s now. The attention of the world is riveted on the ongoing battle with this dreaded disease. Lives have been turned upside down, and our daily routines are in shambles. Then I asked myself another question. What if the media had given, or was to give, the same amount of attention to the number of world-wide abortions that it is presently giving to the Coronavirus? Would that make a difference in our behavior? Our life style? Would it even make a dent in Wallstreet? Sadly, I think I already know the answer to that. And while the battle over abortion is vital, it is a symptom of a far more serious problem. At issue is the sacredness of human life. Humanists would have us believe that we are no more than the product of blind chance. If that be true, human life has no more value than a common tadpole. One has correctly pointed out that “Christian business ethics, biblical norms relating to human sexuality and respect for the family make sense only if all of human life is sacred.” Think about it. What could be wrong in cheating another in a business deal if human beings are merely glorified animals? Where is the “evil” in gang rape, or drive by murder, if life is not sacred? Almost a full century of Darwinian philosophy has produced our present disrespect for life. We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. We have been told that we are the product of evolution. Why are we surprised if society acts like their progenitors? Albert Schweitzer once said, “If a man loses reverence for any part of life, he will lose reverence for all life.” Why are scientists, doctors, and research labs putting so much energy into finding a cure for Coronavirus? It is because deep down inside they recognize the sanctity of life.
The late President Ronald Reagan once remarked: “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that ‘the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits -- not animals.’”
May God give us the courage to uphold the sacredness of human life, not only on our school campuses, or at the workplace, but in the medical clinics and hospitals, where men and women who have vowed to protect and uphold life. Let us, the people, remind our politicians that they have a sacred obligation toward all men, women and children; yes, even the unborn! Few would vote/reelect into office those politicians were negligent, culpable, or indifferent about this Coronavirus. Why do we not have the same attitude toward politicians who have sworn to uphold the practice of abortion; even up to and including the point of birth? And if they will not listen to the electorate, but choose instead to turn a deaf ear to our pleas, then let us send them packing back to their states from whence they were elected. The voice of each American resides in the ballot box. In less than seven months, when you step into that voting booth, will your vote be such that the men and women whom you choose for public office uphold, or deny, the sacredness of human life? The choice is yours!