The following letter from the future, composed by an unknown author, is dated January 22, 2023 the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
Can you believe it’s 2023 already? I’m still writing 22 on nearly everything. Seems like yesterday I was sitting in first grade celebrating the century change!
I know we haven’t really chatted since Christmas. Sorry. Anyway, I have some difficult news and I really didn’t want to call and talk face-to-face.
Ted’s had a promotion, and I should be up for a hefty raise this year if I keep putting in those crazy hours. You know how I work at it. Yes, we’re still struggling with the bills.
Timmy’s been OK at kindergarten, although he complains about going. But then he wasn’t happy about day care either, so what can I do?
He’s been a real problem, Mom. He’s a good kid, but quite honestly he’s an unfair burden at this time in our lives. Ted and I have talked this through and finally made a choice. Plenty of other families have made it and are much better off.
Our pastor is supportive and says hard decisions sometimes are necessary. The family is a ‘system’ and the demands of one member shouldn’t be allowed to ruin the whole. He told us to be prayerful, consider ALL the factors and do what is right to make the family work. He says that even though he probably wouldn’t do it himself, the decision really is ours. He was kind enough to refer us to a children’s clinic near here, so at least that part’s easy.
I’m not an uncaring mother. I do feel sorry for the little guy. I think he overheard Ted and me talking about ‘it’ the other night. I turned around and saw him standing at the bottom step in his pj’s with the little bear you gave him under his arm and his eyes sort of welling up.
Mom, the way he looked at me just about broke my heart. But I honestly believe this is better for Timmy, too. It’s not fair to force him to live in a family that can’t give him the time and attention he deserves. And PLEASE don’t give me the kind of grief Grandma gave you over your abortions. It is the same thing, you know.
We’ve told him he’s just going in for a vaccination. Anyway, they say the termination procedure is painless.
I guess it’s just as well you haven’t seen that much of him.
Love to Dad,
After reading that some may say: “futuristic fiction—ridiculous!” But the people who lived in 1923 might have said the same if told that 50 years later a new U. S. Supreme Court decision would allow legalized abortion for any reason and at any time right up until delivery. What if someone had told those living in 1923 that in the 40 years between 1973 and 2013 there would be 55 million abortions performed in America? And that well over 90% of them would be performed, not for any medical reason, but as a matter of convenience.
Where will the line be drawn on who is allowed to play God? Now, by law, pregnant women have that right. But the psalmist David recognized that it was God alone who planned lives starting in the womb: “When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:15-16).
Yesterday’s fiction is becoming today’s fact. There is a leftist movement for “after-birth abortion.” In 2012 philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva wrote an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics defending their proposal that “if a disease has not been detected during the pregnancy, if something went wrong during the delivery, or if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.”
How long will it be until we slip father down this slippery slope that justifies the elimination of any life that is painful, unproductive—or merely inconvenient?
How soon until termination will include little boys clutching teddy bears?
Vicki Huffman assisted at the birth of one of her seven grandchildren. She is continually amazed at how morally bankrupt this nation has become in the name of (so-called) “women’s rights.”
Reading God’s Story Schedule today, 1/22/13: Job chapters 1 – 5.
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