As you can tell if you read this blog, I spend a great deal of time on the topic of abortion and disability.
It isn’t a popular subject. And unborn children with disabilities don’t have many political advocates.
The lack of any statement at all about disability in the recent legislation in Arizona to ban abortions related to sex and race selection is an example for how little people think about it. Abortions related to sex or race selection are equally abhorrent, of course, but the percentage of babies aborted because of disabling conditions is significantly higher.
It is a recipe for cynicism and bitterness in my heart.
Fortunately, hope can be built on something much greater than political action. And that hope is for everyone who clings to Jesus!
Moses delivered the people who were being oppressed. Jesus delivers oppressed and oppressor. Moses delivered the hated race. Jesus delivers the hated and the hater. Moses couldn’t deliver the strangled babies or babies thrown into the Nile, but Jesus delivers the babies, the mothers, the abortion providers, the irresponsible boyfriends. He loves and saves every sinner who trusts in him. John Piper, Abortion, Race, Gender and Christ, January 23, 2005.
And I know Pastor John includes the babies with disabilities when he’s talking about abortion:
The message is that God knits all the children together in their mothers’ wombs, and they are all—all of them of every degree of ability—conceived for the purpose of displaying the glory of God. John Piper, Born Blind for the Glory of God, January 24, 2010
So, I’m not against laws like the one being considered in Arizona, or the fetal pain legislation being championed in Kansas and Oklahoma. Someday, maybe they will seriously consider the human rights of unborn children with disabilities.
In the meantime, we can hope in the only one who can save “the oppressed and the oppressor.” What an amazing, helpful, hope-building reality we have in Jesus!