The following was submitted to us by Rhea Volans.
In Danusha V. Goska’s book Save Send Delete the character Mira takes up email correspondence with the atheist Rand, and in one of her emails to him, she states “Many of the qualities in myself that I value most are rooted in the vile mud of suffering.” Isn’t that just the truth. I don’t think I’d be as pro-life as I am today if I had not, for 80% of my life, suffered from Type 1 Diabetes.
There are a lot of misconceptions about suffering, and these misconceptions are ones that I see being used to justify why having an abortion is the right thing to do. “The child is deformed. The child will suffer. It would be cruel to make the child suffer. An abortion would be a kindness.”
Leaving aside the frequent and disturbing stories of parents who were told that their child would be horrifically deformed and unable to live a good life and who, when the child was born, found their child to be perfectly healthy, and the frequent and heartrending stories of parents whose child lived only a few days or hours after being born but changed their families so much in those few hours or day that the child’s brief life was considered such a huge gift by the parents, I want to look at the argument about suffering as a justification for abortion.