Marvin Olasky

Trusting in man, we end up with chilling language such as this from last month's article: "Mike Aki and his husband, a Massachusetts couple . . . planned on having two children. But their two surrogate mothers in India each became pregnant with twins. At 12 weeks into the pregnancies, Mr. Aki and his husband decided to abort two of the fetuses, one from each woman. It was a very painful call to make, Mr. Aki says. 'You start thinking to yourself, Oh, my god, am I killing this child?' He didn't think of his decision as an abortion, but as a 'reduction.'"

Trusting in man's judgment, defenders of abortion still say it is needed, although most no longer happily equate abortion with liberation. The Japanese anticipated us here: a high abortion rate, but places to mourn the dead unborn, with aborting mothers putting out bottles of milk and baby toys. Is that the best we can do?

Trusting in man's rationality, one of last year's new books on abortion, The Fetal Position: A Rational Approach to the Abortion Issue, by Chris Meyers (Prometheus), audaciously claims to take "neither a pro-life nor a pro-choice stance." Meyers instead asserts that he is assessing both sides "from a position that is as unbiased as possible," yet his position is inherently biased because he shows no belief in God. Unsurprisingly, Meyers ends up arguing that " a virtuous person would see abortion as something unfortunate," but it should still be legal.

Trust in man, and we end up with both designer babies and abortions. Has any other civilization made life both so expensive and so cheap, so desired and so denigrated? Subjectivity rules. Jesus weeps.

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the national news magazine World. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky, visit
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