Wednesday, March 6, 2013


                          The 'Sunday shalom', a weekly news paper from India, reported this incident from Nilambur in Kerala, South India, in its issue dated 3 February, 2013:
                          Mrs. Ambily  was married to Mr. Sumesh in 2011.They were travelling in a motorcycle, 20 days after their marriage. They collided against a truck and Sumesh died on the spot. Ambily was admitted to a large hospital with multiple injuries. Her whole body was badly bruised and she had fractures in the hip and legs.
                          She had to undergo four surgical operations and several investigations using X-rays. She  was   administered a large number of drugs during the treatment. It was after a month that she was found to be pregnant. The doctors advised her to eliminate the unborn child by an abortion. They were of the opinion that the drugs and X-rays to which she was exposed after the accident might have damaged the fetus. In their view the child had high chances of being disabled and handicapped.
                           Many relatives and friends supported the suggested abortion advising her that the child would be a burden in the event of a second marriage. They also indicated the difficulties in bringing up a child born with severe deformities.
                           The young mother was in a dilemma. She sought refuge in prayers. Finally she announced her bold decision that under any circumstance she would not kill her innocent infant. She was ready to accept the child as a gift of the loving God. She was sure that a mother should not be a murderer. She should be the guardian and protector of her child.
                           Ultrasonography did not show any definite deformities in the fetus. But the doctors were sceptical about her chances to deliver a normal baby. In due course she delivered the baby and by the grace of God, it was a perfectly normal and healthy child. The mother and child remain as a living testimony to the truth that life is a gift of God.
                          Mother Teresa said, " I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere - "Let us bring the child back." The child is God's gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things - to love and to be loved. We are fighting abortion by adoption - by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. Let us make that one point - that no child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away."
                           The march of modern man to progress and prosperity is marred by the murder of innumerable innocent infants under the pretext of a medical procedure - 'Medical Termination of Pregnancy' (M.T.P), which in reality is a brutal butchery of the unborn baby.
                           The living fetus cannot be ignored as an insignificant tiny tissue. It is essentially a lovely bud of a living human being, craving for the loving care and the tender touch of human kindness. When this bud of life falls a victim to the selfishness of  the parents, brutal tools are thrust into the throbbing heart of the tiny child -to silence it - in an act of violence. The child is denied even the right to shed a drop of tear or to cry aloud as a mark of protest or to breathe the last breath of a puff of free air!
                            Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? That is what happens when a mother agrees to kill her unborn innocent infant by abortion. Even if a mother should forget her child, God will never forget the child. Persons who have directly or indirectly co-operated in an act of abortion should repent for their cruel action and seek God's mercy to forgive their sin. They should devote their life to love and serve the poor, little children, as a mark of their repentance.
                   Jesus Christ taught, "My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them."
© By  : Prof. Dr. Joy Philip, M.D, M.N.A.M.S.,Principal, S.U.T.Medical College, Vattappara, Trivandrum-695028, Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally, Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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