What I can do

Orlando. Baghdad. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Dallas. Nice.

The list is long. It’s overwhelming. I want to help, but what can I do?

I believe I can choose. Let me explain.

  • I can choose to greet everyone with a smile.
  • I can choose to say hello.
  • I can choose to listen.
  • I can choose to learn.
  • I can choose to seek out those that are different.1Social media, especially Twitter, is perfect for this. With a little searching, I have found those with different politics, colors, orientations, and experiences, who are advocating for positive change. I try to be careful reading the response/comments. Anonymity gives many the license to be jerks or worse. I don’t accept abuse. The blockhammer works.
  • I can choose to listen to understand, not planning my response or rebuttal.2Karen Armstrong quotes Donald Davidson, “Whether we like it or not, if we want to understand others, we must regard them as right in most matters.”
  • I can choose to seek that what unites us, not what divides us.
  • I can choose to be willing to change my opinions.
  • I can choose to apologize when I’ve hurt someone.
  • I can choose to look for the win-win, not the win-lose.3And vote for candidates with the same view.
  • I can choose to confront prejudice.4Many times, a simple, “I don’t get it” is the perfect response to a prejudiced joke. (And again, vote for candidates with the same view.)

In my desire to change the world, I must be willing to change myself first.5Matthew 7:3-5

What should I add to my list? What are you willing to do?

UK OBs want to murder babies after birth

Bioethicists realize birth is an artificial dividing line whether a human can be aborted or killed.

We can terminate for serious fetal abnormality up to term but cannot kill a newborn. What do people think has happened in the passage down the birth canal to make it OK to kill the fetus at one end of the birth canal but not at the other? (Source.)

Rather than conclude that late-term abortion is wrong and set an earlier “deadline,” the push is to allow killing of babies after they are born.

As medical science progresses the number of seriously disabled babies that survive is growing – we should therefore consider having a debate on allowing active euthanasia, for the good of families, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology. The College explains families who have the most severely disabled babies, babies who until recently would not have survived, are suffering enormously, both emotionally and financially.

The college explains that if obstetricians were allowed to carry out active euthanasia, some patients would be more inclined to wait till birth, rather than carrying out late abortions. (Emphasis added. Source.)

Simply amazing. Words fail me.

I guess partial-birth abortion isn’t late enough. When is too late?

(I’m waiting for someone to make the argument that this is a good development: if we allow doctors to kill babies after they are born, there will less abortions. Update: I guess the argument’s already been made. )