An Act of Mercy Word on the Week 29th May 2021.
This year Betty and I became proud great grandparents! Lily arrived in April. She was well anticipated with plenty of photographs both inside and outside of her Mother’s womb. Her arrival brought great joy to her father and mother and their respective families.
Contrast this with when things go wrong. The child is unwanted. His progress in the womb brings misery. His life span is to be curtailed. He is seldom spoken about. Deep sadness attends his every move.
This child is not considered to be fully human. He has no feelings. He is oblivious to pain in his sheltered environment. Mother decides he has to go. She has made her choice – he has no choice. It will be quick and hopefully uneventful.
A photograph appeared in the media about a year ago showing the doctor involved in an abortion. The theatre staff were surprised to see a hand reach out and grasp one of the doctors fingers. One of the nurses captured the moment on camera. Such a poignant plea for mercy!
At the time of the original abortion legislation, Simon Harris, the then Minister of Health dismissed the notion of the unborn child feeling any pain. Since then other countries have acknowledged the fact of the infant pain and apply an aesthetic to the foetus prior to the abortion operation.
The Foetal Pain Relief Bill 2021 has been introduced to the Dial this week and deserves to be passed into law. It should make sense to both those promoting abortion as well as those opposing it. After all we treat our animals more humanely. The vet takes care to ensure the sick dog feels no pain. Surely we should do likewise for our own.
What happens to these aborted lives? The old theologians considered texts such as Revelation Chapter 7 verses 9 and 10 – After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
They reasoned that most nations had a census whereby they counted their population. Why could the heavenly multitude not be counted? Their conclusion was that all miscarried children or those who died in infancy were included in the heavenly roll “that no man could number”.
If this is so there will be a lot of introductions required to be made in the glory! (2 Samuel Chapter 12 verse 23).