Morality and Genetic Testing

16 Aug
Genetic testing is not the moral problem. The moral problem lies with the purpose of some genetic testing, the recommendation or pressure by some to kill an unborn child based on testing results, and the actual killing of a child based on genetic testing.
There are genetic tests that can be used to help fix problems in utero, which means that genetic testing is not the moral problem. You might be able to make a case for genetic testing that helps prepare the parents to care for their child. I say might, because if the test will not change the outcome but you are sticking a needle into the womb unnecessarily, you are already putting the baby at risk.
Any test used to meet a termination deadline (abortion), where it is okay to kill a child before a certain age but a crime after, is morally wrong. Any test used to decide to kill your child because it will make your parenting life easier is morally wrong and the most selfish act on the planet. Any test used to argue that ending a life under the guise of reducing suffering is morally wrong.
There are different levels of suffering, but hardship is hard. Trials and suffering are a part life that we do not and should not always control. Trials are events that often make us stronger, that teach us to sacrifice for others, that reveal blessings unknown, and that teach us to love greater and strive harder. Elimination of hardship for the child or the parent when it means killing a person is a great evil. Life is a gift. Life is precious. Each person is made in the image of God and to be cared for.
Quoting the article: “We don’t look at abortion as murder…We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication…preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder—that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”
And sometimes people call a decision grey to ease their conscience when it is more black and white than they want to admit. “We look at it as a thing ended.” Well, that “thing” is a living human being (aka. a person). The purposeful, unnecessary ending of a human life is murder. And if it was not bad enough, this is not arguing for what will be complications, but what “may have [been]”. So in many cases, it is the murder of a living human being—an unborn child—for a possibility of hardship. “We don’t look at abortion as murder.” That is just what it is. That is more black and white than grey. It is the darkness of sin.
The CBS piece does not come out and make a moral statement on Iceland’s practice, but the tone of the social media post ( intimates Iceland is on the cutting edge and doing the world a service by aborting children with Down’s: “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” If that was not their intention, then the media needs to be more careful with their words. It is also untrue. Since the cause(s) of Trisomy 21 (Down’s Syndrome) is/are unknown, they are not on pace to eliminate the condition or prevent it from reoccurring. They are on pace to eliminate all people with Down’s Syndrome before they can be born. This is why people are crying eugenics because that is what this is—the killing of those with actual or potential, so-called undesirable traits or lives.
It is interesting that I have never heard or read of a parent of a child with Down’s wishing they had done away with him or her. Sure there are struggles, but what I see and hear are parents who are incredibly blessed by their son or daughter with Down’s. I see overwhelming joy in the faces and hearts of those with Down’s. They often seem to live life with greater joy than those without Down’s. Those with Down’s are a blessing to our societies, and their lives are precious, just as precious as yours.

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