These Latest Court Rulings Further Devalue Human Life

Thousands of women each year are given the difficult news their unborn child may have some sort of disability or health issue that needs to be addressed.

With the incredible medical advancements that have been achieved in recent years, including surgery on a baby in-utero, many of these children can go on to lead long and healthy lives.

But with an increasingly liberal anti-life agenda spreading across the U.S. and abroad, late-term abortions are being performed when any sort of medical issue arises with the baby – simply to give parents the opportunity to avoid the “trouble” of dealing with the situation.

Life News reported:

On Dec. 26, the woman, Shaikh Ayesha Khatoon, told the Bombay High Court that her unborn baby has heart, brain and gastrointestinal anomalies, and she wants an abortion, The Hindu reports. She was 27 weeks and four days pregnant on that date, far past the point of viability, according to the report.

The court granted her request Tuesday, arguing that giving birth to a child with disabilities would cause mental trauma for the woman, the Times of India reports. Based on a medical panel’s assessment, the court also said the late-term abortion would not pose a greater risk to the woman’s health than natural labor.

Abortions are illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in India. However, women or their families increasingly have been petitioning the high court for permission to abort their unborn babies after the limit, especially in cases involving fetal abnormalities or sexual assault. At 20 weeks, an unborn baby already is fully formed and close to the point of viability (about 22-23 weeks). Later-term abortions also are risky and can be deadly for the mother.

The frightening precedent set by this landmark case will likely expand the availability of late-term abortions in India – and elsewhere.

Mommy Underground previously reported on the ungodly eradication of entire populations of children from abortion due to the unwillingness of parents to raise a child with a physical abnormality or genetic defect like Down syndrome.

And cases like the one in India will only make more women seek late-term abortions for their own “well-being.”  While determining the reasons for the woman’s request to abort her child well past the age of viability (the child was aborted at a shocking 29 weeks), she argued to the Indian High Court that the mental “trauma” of raising the child would fall under the exception of “risk to health and life” of the mother.

While any abortion at any point in pregnancy is simply murder and should be outlawed, the argument that one can kill their unborn child because of their own mental distress is outrageous and unbelievable.

This case is not the first of its kind to be heard in an Indian court.  Last fall, the court also granted an exception to a woman whose infant had life-threatening health issues.  She was granted the ability to abort her child at 31 weeks.

And yet another was given an exception at 26 weeks after finding her child may not survive long after birth.  It was granted due to her “immense mental agony” about the baby’s health problems.

We are not promised a life without pain, stress, or sadness.  We are called to lean on God – in good times and bad – to help us through.  We are not called upon to judge whether a life has purpose, no matter how much pain we may go through.

The Bible itself speaks to the fact that every child – no matter what the medical issue – is created that way by God for a specific purpose.

“So the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?'” (Exodus 4:11, NKJV).

“Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’ Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’ This is what the LORD says—the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question Me about My children, or give Me orders about the work of My hands?” (Isaiah 45:9-11, NIV).

“God has chosen what the world counts weakness” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NIV).

All over the world, nations have fallen down the slippery slope of judging the worth of others.  The value of human life is not to be questioned, and the horrific slaughter of the unborn must end.

What do you think of these tragic court rulings in India?  Leave us your thoughts.

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