New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 85

  Science will win because it works.” Still he struggled with his theory. After writing The Universe in a Nutshell – the sequel to A Brief History of Time – he confessed: “One can’t help asking the question: Why does the universe exist? I don’t know an operational way to give the question or the answer, if there is one, a meaning. But it bothers me.” For all his intellect and insight, Stephen Hawking – like so many scientists – believed only in what he could see. Now that his spiritual eyes are open, is he believing what h e’s seeing? (BMH) forgotten angels Ruth Marcus, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post, recently inflamed the abortion debate with a column: “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.” She noted: “There is a new push in antiabortion circles to pass state laws aimed at barring women from terminating their pregnancies after the fetus has been determined to have Down syndrome.” And she acknowledged: “This is a difficult subject to discuss because there are so many parents who have – and cherish – a child with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome live happy and fulfilled lives.” But she said of her own two pregnancies: “I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on.” She consoled herself that she is not alone – that more than two-thirds of American women choose abortion in such circumstances. She respects and admires families who welcome a Down syndrome baby into their lives but was absolutely blunt: “This was not the child I wanted. You can call me selfish, or worse, but I am in good company. The evidence is clear that most women confronted with the same unhappy alternative would make the same decision.” Indeed, women are actually being forced to make that decision in Iceland which has embarked on a national policy to eliminate Down syndrome in that country. George Will, a colleague of Ruth Marcus, countered with a column: “The real Down syndrome problem: Accepting genocide.” (Will and his wife are the parents of a much-loved Down syndrome son, although he did not mention this in his column.) He calls Iceland’s official policy genocide because it is “the deliberate, systematic attempt to erase a category of people.” Prenatal screening tests have become highly accurate. In Iceland 85 percent 261