This is the generation that will abolish abortion

What if you knew the baby would be born with a horrible disease or handicap? Would it not be more compassionate to abort the baby?

What if you knew the baby would be born with a horrible disease or handicap? Would it not be more compassionate to abort the baby? I will answer this question along with a couple more that really fall into the same category: quality of life.  I am also often asked the “what if” scenario about babies who might be born into extreme poverty or abuse.  These all really come under one answer.

The problem with these scenarios are that they force the person deciding whether or not to end a human life to judge some one else’s potential quality of life.  These are what I call “rabbit trail” arguments made by abortion supporters to play off the emotions and look at what could be instead of what is.  The truth is that these children, no matter what their circumstances are or could be, are still human persons.

Let me give you a scenario and you tell me whether you think this person should have been aborted:

It’s 1967 and a young woman finds herself pregnant out of wedlock; her family is devastated and wants her to have an abortion.  She is unable to get an abortion and is sent off to another city to have the baby because of her family’s shame.

As an infant that child is diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis and is kept in barrels of ice to keep his temperature down.  The infant is pronounced dead but brought back to life shortly afterwards.  The parents are told this child is brain damaged and could be retarded.

The child’s parents marry and then divorce right away.  The child is adopted by his new stepfather at age 2 and is raised for several years by his mother and new adopted father.  This child has many problems and is put on medication as a young age for severe ADHD.

In the 6th grade this child is put into special education at a school with all the kids in his own neighborhood; he is picked on a lot.  This child wins three blue ribbons in the special olympics in the 6th grade.

Soon after this child’s parents split again, he begins to get abused and is molested by his uncle.  At age 11 he is stealing cigarettes and beer and in total rebellion.

At age 12 he is sent to live with his real father and his pattern of abuse and being picked on grows.  In Jr High he is put into half special ed and half regular classes in the same school; he is beat up so badly on a daily basis that he is let out of school 5 minutes before anyone else so he can make it home safely.  He is tortured in school and on one occasion made to eat human excrement.

By the age of 16 he has run away several times, lived on the streets, prostituted himself for food and shelter and spent 10 weeks locked in a mental hospital his father put him in.

At the age of 18 he is saved from a failed suicide attempt and ends up on the streets again.

By age 20 he overdoses on so many drugs in one day he ends up in an emergency room, having charcoal water poured down his throat as he is locked to a wheelchair.  He has already been arrested many times and come close to death a few times.  He has committed crimes that would make most of you squirm.

So here is my question: do you think that this person’s mother should have been able to abort this child so he did not have to go through this hellish life?  Would this person be better off never having been born?

I am sure you have guessed that this is a real person: it is a real story about someone’s life and you’re right.

His name is Bryan Kemper.  He is me.

This is a nutshell version of the life I lived growing up, with some of the more horrific things left out.

The fact is that no one had a right to decide that I should die because of what I might go through.  No one had the right to decide my quality of life was not worth allowing me to live.

I am now married to the most amazing woman on the face of the earth and have been blessed with 6 beautiful children.  I have traveled the world lecturing at universities like Harvard, Princeton, Queens University in Belfast, Cardiff University in Whales, Notre Dame and many more.  I have been in three documentary movies and appeared as a regular guest on a television show.

I also now have a wonderful relationship with my father and have been able to forgive all of my family and others who ever did anything to wrong or abuse me.

I can actually give you dozens of stories like this of amazing people who have overcome great diversity and hellish upbringings – people who have changed the world.  Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman and so many more had horrific childhoods also and look what they have accomplished.

The one thing we all have in common that really is the answer to this question is that we are all human persons and have been human persons from the moment of fertilization.  You can add in any factor and change any part of the story, but you cannot change the fact that we are all human persons from the beginning.

While the emotional strings may be tugged by these kinds of arguments, we must keep our emotions in check with truth.  The truth being that it is wrong to take the life of an innocent human person, no matter what age or stage of life; to do so is an act of homicide.

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

9 Comments

  1. John
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    What if you were told your teenage daughter, who was a swimmer, basketball player and Straight A, honor roll student was disgnosed with leuikimia and the Chemotherapy was gonna end her swimming and basketball plus take her away from school as well as force her to lose her hair….. wouldnt it be more compassionate to shoot her in the head? Pro-choicers HAVE to agree with that logic to make themselves look credible

  2. Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I grew up with four brothers and sister who have Down syndrome (three were adopted). My wife and I then were able to adopt the first child ever let out of China to the U.S. who has Down syndrome. he had been abandoned in the woods in the middle of winter on the day he was born because he was different – probably not the Ds, but he also had a club foot and an extra thumb. My Daughter danielle, also adopted from China, was abandoned at a hotel when she was three or four because she has a rare genetic disorder called Alfi syndrome. My son Shea, from the Ukarine, was about to be placed into a mental institution and confined to a bed for the rest of his life because he has Spina Bifida. They are all perfect. Shame on anyone who places a lesser value on a human life based on their own notions, whims, fantasies,philosophies and ideas. All life is valuable because it has the finger print of God. If you don’t believe this, and your baby is born “different” – consider putting him/her up for adoption. Someone will love them and value them in a way I hope you will learn for your self one day.

  3. Laura
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your story, Bryan. It is incredibly powerful and a testamony to the power of God to redeem all mankind.

    When I became pregnant with my third child I was 36 and my OB suggested an extra ultrasound to check for fetal abnormality, although I had no history of disease/deformality with my other children. Simply being over the age that medical professionals deem low-risk qualified me to be pulled out and submitted to special testing. Becasue I was a mature parent and already had healthy children, I declined the request to further tests. I was confident in my ability to physically carry a baby to term and because I already loved my first two children unconditionally, I knew I would love the third the same whether it had special needs or not. And really, who among us doesn’t have special needs?

    As I have grown older I realize it was very dangerous for my doctor to suggest testing for possible genetic problems with my baby. If I had been told she was downs or had some other problem outside the norm, what would it have mattered? Since abortion was not going to be considered, knowing ahead of time would have served no other purpose other than to give me more time to ponder the situation… was I being punished? what did God want me to do with a special needs baby? why was this happening to me? I believe as a Christian there was no reason for me to know ahead of time other than for my own personal pride. God knew what was to come with my family, what we would need to have so we could give Him glory. If He is sovreign (and I know that He is) then anything that happens in life will come out that way whether I know about it before hand or not.

    My daughter is perfectly normal, beautiful, and healthy. I thank God every day for my precious family and the blessing they are to everyone they meet.

  4. Anna Guadalupe
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Bryan: Although I was raised in a very pro-life community, I was personally lukewarm about the issue until my husband and I were expecting our first child. The doctor suspected something was wrong and wanted me to have an ultrasound and some other tests done ASAP just in case something was wrong. She said if we did these tests soon and something was actually wrong, we would have had time to abort him. :’(
    She even went so far as to say that since we were young, we would have time to have more children-as if the child growing within me wasn’t good enough to want and love, however, she couldn’t have been more wrong! I was in complete shock at her suggeston, and I was so offended that she even went in that direction. I left her office in tears, and called my husband who immediately suggested I switch doctors. Needless to say, I agreed and did so immediately. I couldn’t have been more disgusted in her as a medical professional. How could she, a doctor who has vowed to protect life, suggest we end our unborn child’s life? We didn’t hurry to get the tests done, but we did have them done in the case that something was wrong, we would have been prepared for his special birth. My husband and I knew the child within was a living child–he was our child, and having her give us the option to terminate his life spurred us to be active pro-lifers. I will never forget the amazement I felt when I saw him on the ultrasound for the first time. I was only 16 weeks pregnant, and since it was still so early, I didn’t “show” very much-I hardly felt any different than before I found out we were expecting. When we saw him on the ultrasound screen, although I hadn’t felt him move yet, he was certainly moving and moving a lot! The ultrasound tech could hardly keep him on her screen! We were able to see his little fingers and toes, his facial features, and even his beautiful little heart beating away! :’) Thankfully, her suspicions were wrong, but whether he was society’s version of healthy or not, he was/and will always will be our child and nothing less. His state of health could never change that.

  5. Elinor Dashwood
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Very brave and very true.

  6. Carol Anderson
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I have a question then. I’m Pro-Choice. I’m epileptic and I was told by SEVERAL doctors that if I were to become pregnant I would die because of all the seizures I would have and the child would die because it could not take that much activity in the brain even before birth. I had an abortion because I personally didn’t want to die.

    • Beth
      Posted November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Carol, I seriously would have consulted several more doctors for additional opinions. How a pregnancy would cause fatal seizures for you – and how your seizures in and of themselves (your own presumed death notwithstanding) would kill your baby is puzzling to me. IF a pregnancy begins to pose a real threat to the mother’s life, then the baby needs to be delivered and all efforts should be made to save both lives. Unfortunately, medicine (particularly obstetrics) has become a defensive, worst-case-scenario profession, and practitioners feel they cannot tolerate ANY risk – which is ridiculous, because that’s not how life works. It’s a risk to leave the house every morning. The truth is that most pregnancy risks can be managed without resorting to an abortion. The mother’s life can never be disregarded – but neither should the child’s.

    • Jane
      Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Carol, it doesn’t make me wonder if your seizures would damage not just you, but your baby has well. I am in medical school currently at Baylor college in Houston, Texas. From my extensive research on this very serious issue, I have come to the conclusion that the actual pregnancy would kill you. With the increase of hormones, and HCG can increase the activity in your brain. Epilepsy is hereditary, which I’m sure you are very well aware of. From my research the increase in seizure activity would have killed your child, whether it was during the labor or within the first 2 months, it would have been fatal. My sincere apologies for what you have been through. I’m sure it was difficult for you to handle and I’m here for support.

  7. dancingcrane
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Carol, Jane is trying to scare you, so that you’ll be pro-abortion. Most women with epilepsy will do fine, especially if they understand their disease, and what they have to do to keep themselves healthy. Women with epilepsy also have to be aware of what epilepsy drugs could hurt their child.

    I don’t know where Jane’s research is coming from, but I do remember that I was proabortion when I was in college, too. It seemed so reasonable then. But I didn’t even need to go to a pro-life website to find this information:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy/PR00123

    http://www.epilepsy.com/info/women_pregnancy

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