What do Ludwig von Beethoven, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow have in common?
By Dr. Peters Saunders
Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members.
A professor in a college ethics class presented his students with a problem. He said, ‘A man has syphilis and his wife has tuberculosis.
They have had four children: one has died, the other three have what is considered to be a terminal illness.
The mother is pregnant. What do you recommend?’
After a spirited discussion, the majority of the class voted that she should abort the child.
‘Fine,’ said the professor. ‘You’ve just killed Beethoven.’
Pattie Mallette was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was already using drugs and alcohol. When her hardships became too much to bear, she attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck.
Then, while staying in a psychiatric hospital during one of the darkest points of her life, she discovered God through a friend and became a Christian. This conversion, she said, gave her peace of mind.
But, after just six months, she relapsed back into bad behaviour and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy.
Mallette, however, insisted abortion was never an option.
Today her son Justin Bieber can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of human life.
She has recently told her courageous story in her new book “Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.”
Doctors told Tim Tebow’s mother Pam to abort her son after she became ill because the pregnancy, they said, could endanger her life. Pam refused, instead asking God that she have a healthy baby. He answered her prayers with a future star football player.
Decisions to keep babies in circumstances in which many might opt for an abortion resulted in Beethoven, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow.
Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a life. Every abortion robs the world of someone who could have made a real difference to the lives of others.
And every abortion robs a person of the opportunity to live life.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Dr. Saunders’ blog.