by Tim KimberleyDecember 7th, 2012 68 Comments
It’s hard to miss the big news story of the week. Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby. The news broke sooner than the royal family were probably intending. The Duchess is experiencing severe morning sickness which forced her to be hospitalized.
I know there’s a great deal of excitement in the air regarding this pregnancy. I fear, however, cooler heads need to prevail. There seem to be reasonable issues on the table here making an abortion a good option for the royal family. Here are just three examples why William and Kate should terminate the pregnancy:
First, the royal couple have not even been married for two years yet. They have their whole life in front of them. There will be plenty of time to settle down and start a family. Right now, however, is not a good time. They need to first travel the world and enjoy their youth.
Second, Kate is very early in her pregnancy. Yes, the news is saying she is pregnant with a “baby.” Does anyone know who the uneducated backwoods hick is feeding such silliness to the news agencies? Anyone with even a high-school education should know Kate simply has a blob of cells inside her starting as a zygote forming into a fetus. Kate is simply experiencing a parasite feeding off of her body. No wonder she’s sick. If Kate terminated the pregnancy right now she would be well in her rights since the parasite is so early in development. If it were removed right now it could not survive outside the womb, no harm, no foul.
Third, someone has to think about Kate’s health. Our planet has advanced so far in support of women’s health. It’s a shame for us all to sit back and allow ourselves to be thrown back into the dark ages as Kate suffers. I’m thankful to be far enough removed from the situation to be able to think clearly on this point. Kate is obviously suffering due to this parasite. Kate is an intelligent, professional woman with the entire world in front of her. Why should we allow her to suffer? Perhaps William is a selfish jerk? He doesn’t seem like it, but do you really ever know somebody? Someone needs to make sure William is not forcing her to have the baby against her will. Kate, if you’re reading this, think about yourself.
Should William and Kate get an abortion? If the same reasoning used throughout the developed civilized world is used in William & Kate’s situation the answer very well could be: yes. They should get an abortion.
I think this situation, however, has revealed something inside the heart of all people. The entire world would rightfully place our hands over our mouths and gasp if William and Kate decided to terminate the pregnancy. If their explanation was, “Well, it was just not the right time. We’ve only been married for a year and a half. Kate was suffering with morning sickness. We’ll start a family some day, but not today.”
William and Kate are going to press on through the pregnancy because this child is special. This child is destined for royalty. Any current pain will be long forgotten over a lifetime of joy with this child. Sure, things aren’t pretty today but they won’t stay that way. Psalm 30:5 speaks into this concept when it says, “Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Christians believe something explicitly which the world is currently applying implicitly to William & Kate’s fetus.
Christians believe every child is special. Not just because they are being born into a royal family, but because every human is made in the image of God (imago dei). Every child is considered a “baby” as soon as the egg and sperm meet together. No one on the BBC is saying, “Hold on, let’s wait to call this thing a baby until late in the third trimester.” They aren’t talking this way because this is a special child. For some reason, however, abortion is understandable and makes sense for someone who is not part of a royal family. Is this fair?
Does it make sense to gasp at the abortion of a royal family baby while applauding the progressive state which allows for unwed teenage girls to take care of their mistakes? Or to champion woman rights when a middle-aged woman terminates the life of a much younger tiny girl because of “family planning.” I’m glad the non-royal, unwed teenage moms of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Jesus did not “take care” of their fetus.
The Bible teaches that people who have put their trust in Jesus are forever adopted into God’s family. Christians believe every little child, regardless of socio-economic status, is born into a world with God holding out his hand of salvation…desiring to adopt this person into the family of the King of Kings. The most royal of all families!
Furthermore, regarding morning sickness, we all know that will not last forever. I have watched my wife suffer through morning sickness three times. My wife would say it was all worth it because of the amazing joy we now have from our three children. We would be disappointed if Kate gets an abortion because we all know life changes. Situations that seem beyond hope usually end up getting better.
The teenage girl who sees no hope in her situation is unable to see her life in ten years. She’s unable to even consider the possibility of giving the baby to parents desperate for a child. She thinks abortion is the only way. Our society applauds her short-sightedness.
I plead with you who are pro-choice AND excited about William & Kate’s baby. Please be intellectually honest. Please apply the same human rights to the first-trimester child of royalty as you do the first-trimester child of a nobody.
Author Note: I give credit to Denny Burk for the idea of this post. I saw a title of a post he recently wrote giving me the idea for this post. I purposefully, however, have not read his post because I didn’t want to be influenced by his ideas. Now I will head over to see what he wrote.
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