The Problem of Baby Gammy

Last night I read two articles that really disturbed me. It disturbed me for several reasons and probably not for the same reasons that most people would be. The first article was from the Australian Herald Sun the second was from News.com.au. The story goes like this: An unnamed Australian couple had gone to Thailand to have a surrogate mother (young and from a poor village) “gestate” their baby for them. I am sure due to implanting multiple fertilized eggs, as per IVF procedure; the Thai woman was pregnant with twins. Being “responsible” parents the couple obviously had prenatal tests done on the pregnant woman and learned that one child tested positive for Downs Syndrome. They pressured the woman to abort the child. The articles were not clear as to why but the young Thai woman did not and gave birth to a “healthy” girl and boy with Down Syndrome who is suffering with severe heart   issues as most children born with this syndrome often do. The couple took the baby girl and went back to Australia leaving the boy with the Thai woman to fend for herself. The Australian embassy staff in Bangkok have helped raise money and many angry Australians are donating to help with the surgeries.

What disturbs me about this story is the hypocrisy of the reporting newspapers. They are nothing short of wishing this couple crucified for abandoning this baby boy because he has Down Syndrome. Further more they had the most scathing comments about the couple seeking the abortion of that particular child. Forgive me for going all Matt Walsh but where will the hypocrisy end? As I researched the statistics on the Internet most medical sites agree that 9 out 10 pregnancies that test positive for Down Syndrome are aborted. Let me say it again 9 out of 10 babies with Down Syndrome are murdered inuetero all the time. Where is the outrage for these babies? Don’t get me wrong what this couple did was unconscionable and horrible but they only tried to do what millions of people all over the world do every day. They tried to have the baby aborted when they found out it had Down Syndrome. Why are the newspapers that defend abortion for this very reason everyday so angry with these parents? I’ll tell you why because the baby was born and they could see him for what he was; a human being. It is the great hypocrisy of the pro-abortion movement. All of a sudden when a baby is born or wanted they get all upset but had the baby been aborted not one of them would bat an eye.

I am not ashamed to say that I am very much pro-life and detest the very concept of abortion. It offends me like no other act in the world ever could. I am offended by the media that so carelessly defends it and by those who promote it. In my worldview it is murder and will always be so and you can see how I could feel so strongly about it. But this particular blog is not for that discussion. My issue is the way the media have been so hypocritical about this couple’s actions. They wanted it aborted like 9 out 10 other couples. For whatever reason the “unwanted” baby was “allowed” to be born and they didn’t want it end of story. Why are they being demonized by the very people who would applaud them had they aborted it to be “merciful” and save it from a “difficult” life of disability. This couple like many others couldn’t or weren’t willing to take care of this child with a disability. On what moral ground does the media have to criticize them? Are they any different from other couples who give their children up for adoption because they do not want to or cannot be parents? What makes a parent? Bernard G. Prusak wrote an interesting and thought provoking article I recommend you read entitled: What Are Parents For?: Reproductive Ethics after the Nonidentity Problem. I disagree with much of what he says but it challenges the idea of parental obligation and responsibilities to their children, especially in light of using medical procedures such as IVF and surrogacy. If the media was to be consistent in its worldview it would understand that this couple is no different than millions of others around the world who are not willing to even give birth to a child with a disability but because those children are aborted, and not really “human”, no one cares and they can feel good that it was an act of mercy. There is a war on people with disabilities and it is being promoted and defended by the pro-abortion movement. I am working on a future blog in a few weeks detailing more about this war and where I believe it is headed.

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2 thoughts on “The Problem of Baby Gammy

  1. I had not heard of this prior to your writting. Hypocrisy? Yes. A similar observation can be made about the newspapers dealing with the Gosnel incident in Philly. It is horrible to allow a baby that survives an abortion to die after birth but had those babies died while still in utero it would have been somehow okay. For now there is a line drawn at the birth canal but I do not expect that to last much longer.

    Unfortunately, there is a similar hypocrisy in the pro-life crowd. This hypocrisy deals with children conceived as a result of rape or incest. Far too many pro-lifers find the circumstances of conception to be a just cause for abortion. For those who read this and think rape or incest a just cause for abortion consider visiting this web site: savethe1.com .

    I noticed yuo said you were “very much pro-life” and can ask what does that mean?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Tony

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    • Hey Tony,
      Yes you are right many Christians have bought into the “exception” clause so to speak. First of all a child should never be punished for the sins of the father. How would murder make the trauma of rape any better. It doesn’t, it just adds to the devastation. Many years ago I met a young woman at a church I attended. She was a few years older then me at the time, maybe 20 or so. She had this beautiful little boy that was the joy of her life. After I got to know her she told me that she had been raped by her brother’s best friend and that her son had been conceived during that traumatic experience. She chose to keep that gorgeous little boy and love him. maybe not all woman would be able to do that but adoption is a much better alternative to murder. By being pro-life I mean that I believe that we are made in the image of God and that human life is has a special dignity that must be upheld. I believe that human life should be protected at every level and is a precious gift. I believe that abortion in any form, euthanasia, mercy killings, and assisted suicide reduce human dignity and do not regard the preciousness of God’s gift of life. I wish that adoption was more of a focus on both sides of the fence. Having gone through the process once and going through it again it disturbs me at how hard it is to adopt. Especially in more liberal areas of the US were pregnancies are terminated before adoption is even considered. Wouldn’t we all be better served if adoption was easier and less expensive? I think so.

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