I love the beautiful, philosophical consistency of the pro-life position. It really is a position of true reverence for all human life. We don’t discriminate on any basis, and are often the only ones that see value in a human life, when the rest of the world scoffs, dismisses and discards.
Babies born with anencephaly is just one example. Though their lives would appear meaningless, because they do not have a significant portion of the human brain, namely the cerebral cortex, the pro-life position is such that we would never advocate the killing of these babies as some kind of solution. Rather, we uphold their dignity in the same manner as we would any other human being. Most of these babies will not survive long after birth, but their short lives, when they are not aborted, are marked with profound meaning and incredible love.
I have known two couples who gave birth to babies with anencephaly. Both couples bravely accepted their children’s fate and were dramatically changed by the experience of meeting their children, holding them and loving them for the short weeks or days that were given them.
This article, by Dr. Peter Saunders, makes that argument, that indeed, the disability does not define these babies. Rather, it is their humanity that does.by