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After 100 years: Back from the brink of collapse

Abuse, neglect, abandonment, infanticide: A psychologist assesses the cultural damage

Issue: "Life Issues," Feb. 24, 2001

When abortion was declared legal in the United States a century ago, one of its staunchest supporters proclaimed that the procedure would "usher in an era when every child will be wanted, loved, and properly cared for; when the incidence of infanticides and battered children would be sharply reduced."

On the contrary, the occurrence of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and even infanticide skyrocketed in the years following 1973. Needless to say, this "abortion holocaust" severely damaged Western civilization. What began as an assault on the unborn in the 20th century led inexorably to disrespect for life from birth to death.

A new improvement then gathered momentum in the early 21st century called "A parent's right to choose." It culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2022 declaring infanticide to be legal. Thereafter, parents were empowered to end the life of any child under five years of age, provided a psychologist or psychiatrist verified that parenthood for them was an unreasonable burden. The court ruled that this practice was guaranteed under the "right to privacy" provision of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

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The court also ruled in 2034 that involuntary euthanasia was legal. Any two family members could agree to "put Grandma to sleep." The measure gained popular support because of the increasing cost of medical care and the burden imposed on younger members of the family. The older generation was expected to "get out of the way" so that their loved ones-especially their grandchildren-would have more opportunities and material blessings.

The measures, combined with an increasing incidence of infidelity and encumbrances on the institution of marriage (especially the heavy taxation) resulted in the virtual collapse of the family by mid-century. Life became so hectic and meaningless that many people turned to their faith for solace. The smoldering church came alive, and a wave of repentance and commitment to Jesus Christ was seen. The sanctity of human life was honored and protected again, as had not occurred since the 1970s. Because of the intervention of Almighty God and the concerted efforts of His people, our nation was brought back from the brink of self-inflicted destruction.

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