We all experience moments when falsehood slams against truth and just crumbles. Such a moment occurred not long ago at a United Nations conference.
At one point, an American diplomat, Laurie Shestack Phipps, spoke. She wondered how we could talk about family, but not be concerned about high birth rates in places like Africa. Don't we understand, she asked, that so many children put a strain on opportunities for women, on public services and on job creation? Why don't we address the need for family planning (meaning contraceptives) and reproductive health (code for abortion)?
So there it was. The tired philosophy that children are a drain on resources, followed by the truth: children ARE the resource.
And because this startling viewpoint - that children are a burden on a world that would otherwise thrive - is so prevalent, we must be constantly vigilant. We must never waiver in our commitment to passionately, yet respectfully, engage those who say the answer to our world's problems is abortion.
(from Tom Minnery, Social Policy Team, Focus on the Family, October 2011)
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