Last week I noted a story in the Associated Press about a married mother of three who aborted her fourth child for financial reasons. The story was so sad and so manifestly tragic that I didn’t even have any commentary. It seemed self-evident that something was horribly wrong with this story . . . until today.
Bonnie Erbe has posted a short opinion essay at U. S. News and World Report arguing that “In a Recession, Abortions Are Not a Bad Choice.” Erbe complains that the aforementioned AP story portrayed the abortion decision as negative, and she contends that such abortions are actually the most moral thing to do. Here she is in her own words:
‘Yes, it’s sad that this unwed, pregnant mother of three had no money for bus fare. It’s terrible that her boyfriend lost his job. It is heart-wrenching that she fell to tears in the doctor’s office. But in the long run, can we not agree that an unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy? It’s actually a fact-based, rational decision that in the end benefits the three children they already have and society as well.
‘Feeding and raising children is expensive. Tuition may be free at public schools but there are still books, transportation, food, clothes, medical care and activities that add upâ€”way up. One may assume this family of five is struggling just to maintain its basics: housing and food. Add one more child and those costs rise as income drops. It’s no tragedy: it’s a good decision. The decision benefits society in two ways. It allows the couple to focus more time, energy and resources on their three children, giving each child a better life and a better chance of growing up to contribute to society. It also lessens the chance the family will have to rely on scarce public resources (food stamps, TANF) to raise their children.’
Here is what happens when people start defining the good society in terms of how much money one has in his bank account. The love of money is indeed the root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). In Erbe’s case, it is unashamedly confessed as the basis for the legal killing of a whole class of innocent human beings. In fact, she celebrates killing these persons because their death is more cost-effective for our society than not killing them. This essay is just plain sickening, and it needs to be publically castigated for the morally bankrupt drivel that it is.
Unborn babies are human beings created in the image of Almighty God. To celebrate their deaths is unconscionable. If this kind of thinking is now a part of the American mainstream, then God help us.