I ran across this article from 2006 that sheds a lot of light on our human “intentions” to do good. We delude ourselves with claims for good intentions, even when evil results from them.
In this story, the Dutch PM got his nose out of joint after a high European official likened the Dutch policy of killing ill or disabled babies to Nazi practices. It was a true observation. Of course, the Dutch PM wasn’t embarrassed by the killing of the babies, only of being compared to a Nazi. Sad.
Here’s what the author,Wesley J. Smith says,
But they [Dutch officials] claim that the Netherlands’ infant euthanasia program is substantially different: Dutch doctors are motivated by compassion whereas the Germans’ were motivated by the bigotry of racial hygiene. Of course it is the act of killing disabled and dying babies that is wrong, not the motivation.
I can’t help but think of the racism of abortion when I read this. A highly disproportionate number of African American babies are killed by abortion each year. If we were told that African American babies were being killed because of racial genocide we would be outraged.
But when we hear that African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, yet they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country (according to the Center for Disease Control), no one seems to care.
Abortion is wrong no matter what the race of the baby. But, if you’re pro-choice (or just apathetic), doesn’t it make your skin crawl just a little to think that by not opposing abortion you are giving tacit endorsement to the disproportionate killing of a race of people? If the killing of babies doesn’t make you shudder, how about the lopsided killing of a race?
Having something in common with Hitler should make us uneasy. But abortion itself should be the real shame-producer.
Even when we believe our intentions to be good (ie I don’t want a young African American woman to have to have a baby, with no father and no money if she doesn’t want to), it doesn’t make the results any less horrific (ie the unequal killing of a particular race).
It’s like China’s abortion policy: it results in the killing of baby girls in much greater numbers than boys. I’ve heard pro-abortionists bemoan this fact. They like the “one-child policy,” but think that there should be no discrimination in aborting. What kind of perverse thinking is this? The answer isn’t to become an equal opportunity killer. The answer is to stop killing.
If it’s wrong to abort more girls than boys, then it’s wrong to abort at all. If it’s wrong to abort more African American babies than white babies, then it’s wrong to abort babies.
Pro-abortionists’ intentions may appear to be good. We hear things like, “Let’s make abortion rare.” The intent behind a statement like this seems good, but the ugly practical reality goes like this: “Let’s keep abortion legal. Let’s fund abortion with tax-payer dollars. Let’s give young kids condoms and hope they don’t get pregnant. Let’s get rid of any and all restrictions to abortion.”
In other words, pro-choicers who intend to make abortion rare, end up making it common.
Proverbs 8:36 “..all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 12:10 “..the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”