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How the Coronavirus Response Points to the Sanctity of Human Life

By Michael P. Farris posted on:
March 19, 2020

Amidst the political drama, feverish media response, widespread economic shutdown, and panic buying of toilet paper in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there shines a timeless truth: Life is precious.

How do we know this?

The people most at risk to the effects of the coronavirus are the elderly, the chronically ill, and people with weakened immune systems. In response, nations around the world are taking drastic steps to curtail the advance of coronavirus and protect these vulnerable populations.

These actions are commendable. But think of how deeply contrary this is to the essential elements of the pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia movements.

The movement supporting euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide takes direct aim at the elderly and the chronically ill with the implicit argument that some lives no longer have sufficient value. As a result, nations are allowing doctors to prescribe deadly drugs to hasten a person’s death. This is a gross violation of human dignity.

And what about the pro-abortion movement? In the U.S., women are encouraged to shout and celebrate their abortions. Hollywood stars proclaim that a woman’s career and earning potential is dependent on her “choice” to sacrifice the life of her baby (even though we know women don’t need abortion in order to be successful).

Yet, a worldwide consensus has developed calling for great economic, social, and career sacrifices in order to protect the lives of these vulnerable human beings from the threat of coronavirus. And many have willingly answered that call.

The fact is that the actions we are taking in response to the coronavirus clearly contradict the pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia movements. Our actions show that deep down we know that every life is precious. And that is a welcome surprise, to be sure.

But not everyone seems to be on board. The fact is that the sanctity of human life continues to face deadly threats—even in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

This is quite clear in states like Massachusetts, which has elevated pro-abortion interests over efforts to manage the coronavirus outbreak.

To direct the maximum resources available toward containing the virus, the Massachusetts governor called for a halt to all “non-essential” elective surgeries at all hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. That is, all elective surgeries except for abortions—which the Governor’s order specifically excludes.

Apparently, fighting the spread of the coronavirus is less important than ending the lives of unborn children.

It’s actions like this that show how deeply embedded the pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia movements are in our society. Not even a pandemic can completely silence them.

But that doesn’t change the fact that right now, on a global scale, our society is coming together to protect and embrace the sanctity of life—no matter how weak or vulnerable. That alone is reason to pause and thank God in the midst of these uncertain times.

Michael P. Farris

Michael P. Farris

President and CEO

Michael P. Farris is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. He brings to the role wide recognition for his successful work on both the national and international stage.


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