Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Abortion is Wrong: Even Children Know It

Chase, at age 4, already has commented on the sin of killing unborn babies. This issue came up as we were reading a book about sharks who cannibalize their unborn young.

Chase is fascinated by biology. He wants to know how everything works "on the inside" and I have been more than happy to indulge him in this unit study. Along with books from the library, I purchased a book from Sam's Club called "Uncover A Shark" by David George Gordon, a 3-D book with a model of a dissected shark inside in layers.

Apparently, unborn great white shark pups become cannibals and eat the unfertilized eggs in their mother's womb as they are waiting to be born. I tried to skip over reading this part but it did not work. Chase saw this and became very upset. "That baby shark is eating the mommy shark's eggs. That is not right, mommy! That is wrong! There could be a little baby shark inside that egg that will not be born if the other shark eats it! The one baby shark is killing another baby shark!"

"You are right Chase. Some things happen in life that are just plain wrong."

I did not know what else to say.


Anonymous said...

I had a similar experience. We were watching the news during the most recent presidential election and they showed a clip of Howard Dean giving a speech. At the time, he looked perfectly reasonable. My 8 year old daughter asked me if he was good or bad (there are very few shades of gray with 8 year olds). I told her that I didn't like him and wouldn't vote for him. She asked why.

I told her that he believed some things were OK that I did not believe were OK. She asked me, "What things."

At this point I had something of a dilema. I wasn't prepared to discuss abortion with her, as she has been relatively protected from that sort of thing and she is only 8. On the other hand, I wanted her to realize that decisions to vote and how to vote are important.

So I told her. I tried not to be horrific. I just said that some people believe that if a woman is pregnant and doesn't want to have the baby, it is OK to take it out of her even though it means the baby will die.

She just stared wide eyed at the television like she was looking square at the devil and said, (and this is an exact or very nearly exact quote)"How in the world could anyone vote for anyone that evil?" I told her that the devil is a deceiver and liar. He can trick people into believing evil is good and good is evil if they don't listen to God.

But her clear cut response kind of startled me. Adults learn to justify evil actions under the old adage of the ends justify the means, but she certainly doesn't have that problem yet.

Anonymous said...

I feel in my heart that abortion is wrong. I believe that that is not what God wants. I must admit that when I was younger I did the unthinkable. I have to live with it everyday and will always wish I had not done this. I have a daughter that just confided in me that she has been to a doctor and used the " Abortion Pill" I am heart broken. What does one say when they to made a decision that they wish had never happened? Its hard to anwser and I have asked for His forgiveness. I hope before anyone makes that decision they will find a good person they can talk to. I felt as thou I had know one. My daughter says she wishes she had come to me know. Life has twists and turns that we need to be ready for, thanks