New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 86

n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 of pregnant women opt for the testing “which has produced a Down syndrome elimination rate approaching 100 percent.” So, Will says, an expectant couple can decide to extinguished a flawed fetus and “try again for a normal child who might be less trouble, at least until he or she is an adolescent with hormonal turbulence and a driver’s license.” He quotes an Iceland geneticist who says “we have basically eradicated” Down syndrome, while lamenting “heavy-handed genetic counseling” that is influencing women’s decisions.” He quotes an Icelandic counselor advising a woman: “This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look. We don’t look at abortion as murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended.” Iceland is not alone. In Denmark the “elimination rate” for Down syndrome is 98 percent, and in the United Kingdom it is 90 percent. The United States “is playing catch-up,” Will says, with a rate of 67 percent of those who make Ruth Marcus feels she is not alone. Two years ago a French court ruled that it would be inappropriate for French television to air a brief video for World Down Syndrome Day assuring women that Down syndrome children can lead happy, fulfilling lives. The court feared that the video was “likely to disturb the conscience of women” who choose Down syndrome abortion. Such moral confusion, Will concluded, is the real “Down syndrome problem.” Many of us know families with a Down syndrome child, who feel blessed by the sweet and innocent presence brought into their home. Those lives on earth may be limited but like all of us they are children with eternal potential. Isn’t that what is being forgotten? Indeed, these children are often described by loving parents as “angelic.” Like everyone else they are born to become real angels in heaven. And sadly, that is “the thing” being ended. (BMH) why do dogs walk in circles? A curious behavior of dogs is the way they walk around in a circle several times before lying down. It is thought that this behavior evolved because the wild ancestors of today’s domesticated dogs needed to flatten the grass before lying on it. It occurs to me, though, that this ritual may be more than just a vestige of a prior stage in their evolution. Dogs, like all things in nature, represent aspects of human nature. So I wonder what distinctively human trait this walking in circles to flatten the grass might relate to. The three basic human postures are standing, sitting and lying down, which correspond to increasingly fixed mental states. A “bed” in the Word represents the doctrine upon which our thought rests. When we say “you’ve made your bed, now lie in it,” we usually aren’t referring to a bed but to a decision. 262