Just 18 months old and a little guy from Dalton, Georgia, is going viral. Young Lucas Warren has been named Gerber’s “Spokesbaby of the Year,” beating out more than 140,000 other baby applicants. Lucas is the first baby with Down Syndrome to be chosen.
As a life advocate, Lucas’ infectious smile is particularly endearing. If his family had lived in another country, Lucas would most certainly have been aborted. Gerber’s recognition of little Lucas gives me hope that perhaps the tide really is turning away from America’s culture of death to a culture where all life is valued. Sadly, though, I have to step back and question my own statement when legislation like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (a United States Congress bill to ban late-term abortions nationwide after 20 weeks post-fertilization on the basis that the fetus is capable of feeling pain during an abortion at and after 20 weeks to point of birth) failed to pass Senate vote a few weeks ago. Are our representatives doing the right thing or merely being political?
Abortion is touted as being safe and rare, however, a medical abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in this country with close to a million (reported) performed each year. I have lots of questions why America has permitted a law to remain on the books for so long. When it was passed in 1973, scientific facts were not available. Now, science has confirmed that life begins at conception. When will we appeal the law bringing scientific evidence in front of justices? Why isn’t an abortion procedure the patient is about to experience explained, in detail, to the patient? Information on every other medical procedure is available to patients to allow a person to make a fully informed decision. If every legislator, judge, student and citizen learned how an abortion is performed and the potential dangers, the laws would change quickly. For those states which require a patient to view a sonogram of their baby, a majority will choose life over abortion (80% of patients will choose life after seeing their baby’s sonogram). Does your state require a sonogram to be viewed before an abortion decision is made?
Think carefully — I bet you have questions, too. Become familiar with federal and state pro-life legislative efforts. With elections just around the corner, a representative’s position on life issues is of critical importance. Remember, those who don’t value life can just as easily never be voted in and be voted out of office.
Where do you stand on life?
Psalm 139:13 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”