by Lou Binninger
Liberals seem to be competing for the title of most committed baby killer. At one time in America there was no right to kill a small human. It was a crime.
Then, the 1973 Supreme Court ruled it could happen sometimes and then expanded the “right” to kill to all the time up to and during birth. Not to be outdone, former California Senator Barbara Boxer said that possibly the right to end the life of a newborn should extend 1-2 weeks after birth. Parents may experience birthing remorse.
In 1993, ethicist and later Princeton Professor Peter Singer shocked many Americans by suggesting that no newborn should be considered a person until 30-days after birth and that the attending physician should kill some disabled babies on the spot.
In 1979 Singer wrote, “Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons”; therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”
This liberal thought is a return to “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” A low view of human life was one of Rome’s pagan depravities. At the advent of the early church, Greeks and Romans were infamous for infanticide. Those born deformed or frail were often killed by drowning and others more brutally.
Plutarch (A.D.46-120) mentions that Carthaginians “offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds; meanwhile the mother stood by without a tear or moan.” Infant girls were especially vulnerable where for instance in Greece it was rare for even wealthy families to raise more than one daughter.
Large families were atypical in Greco-Roman society in part due to infanticide. So common was the practice that Polybius (205?-118 B.C.) blamed the population decline of Greece on it.
Infanticide was also practiced in India, China, Japan, the Brazilian jungles and also among the Eskimos. James Dennis in the 1890’s wrote that it was a common practice in regions of Africa and was well-known among the indigenous people of North and South America before European settlers with Christian values outlawed it.
Along with the common practice of abortion Christians considered Greco-Roman infanticide to be murder. These early societies also practiced child abandonment where infants were tossed in rivers, manure piles, dumped on roadsides, offered to prey or left where others might take them up.
Historical data reveals that rather than poverty being the cause for a high Roman abortion rate it was that honor and respect for marriage was gone among Romans. “Marriage, depraved of all moral character was no longer a sacred bond, and alliance of souls.”
When early Christians came to Rome from Jerusalem and parts of Asia Minor they defied Rome’s pagan disregard for life. Romans considered the person valuable only if he could contribute to the political arena and benefit the state.
Christians, like their Jewish ancestors saw humans as the crown of God’s creation; believing mankind was made in the image of God. Human life was not cheap and expendable but was to be honored and protected at all costs regardless of its form or quality. Christians rescued and raised discarded infants.
Today, many western nations are not birthing enough children to replenish their populations. Singapore and Russia are now offering bonuses for births to bolster their shrinking numbers. China recently reversed its one child policy because families aborted their females preferring a male. Now, there is a severe shortage of females for marriage leading to the trafficking of ladies from nearby nations.
However, in contrast to modern states, but in keeping with its Biblical roots, Israel is having a baby boom. It has the highest per capita rate of population growth in the developed world. Jewish families have an average of 3.1 children compared to 1.7 in other developed countries (US 1.9).
Israel’s policy is pro-child and pro-family. At this birthrate, by 2050 Israel’s population will increase from 8.7 million to 15 million. Israelis want to keep a demographic dominance in the region and replace the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
While the U.S. media and the political left celebrate the murder of vulnerable babies, Israel is promoting life.