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Targetting the Family

By Andrea G. Schwartz
April 03, 2009

As if the death of 40 million plus babies at the hands of the abortionists were not enough, there are now societal protocols in place to eliminate more and more children with the net result of further weakening the institution of the family. In spite of all society’s pressure to kill her baby, if a woman decides to remain pregnant, there is the bill making its way through the halls of Congress called the Mothers Act, designed to “help screen new mothers for depression” and mandate treatment if indicated. Here is a description from a website critical of this legislation:

The MOTHERS Act, a bill that clearly violates informed consent and places mothers and children at risk. This bill would mandate the government to screen all new mothers for subjective mental conditions. This special interest bill entitled The MOTHERS Act should fool NO MOTHER into thinking it is harmless! It is truly lethal.

One shudders to think how the questionnaires might read to determine “fitness for parenting.”

With the economic situation we face, is it surprising to note that some in the media elite are touting abortion as a recession survival tool? In a recent blog entry Bonnie Erbe, contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report and host of PBS' "To the Contrary," included these "pearls of wisdom" to her readers:

But in the long run, can we not agree that an unwed couple's decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy? It's actually a fact-based, rational decision that in the end benefits the three children they already have and society as well.

As in the days of the Hebrews in Egypt, there is a concerted effort underway to eliminate more and more children. Recall that Pharaoh’s agenda was put in place to prevent opposition. Truly, our society is similarly hell-bent, repeatedly countering the biblical notion that children are a blessing from the Lord and a full quiver is a good thing. All one has to do is note the antipathy to women who mother more than one or two children. They hear quaint remarks such as “Don’t you know how to prevent children?” or “How many more of those do you plan to have?” If women do not voluntarily kill the fruit of their womb because of peer pressure, how long before deeming them “psychologically unfit” will be the rule of the day?

Do not be fooled into thinking that because you homeschool these realities will not touch your children. These wicked ideas are contagious and few of us are free from exposure to them in some way or another. Instead, parents need to be pro-active in educating their sons and daughters into biblical perspectives and help them become good apologists (to themselves and others) in order to be ready to share the hope of Christ that is within us.

Additionally, it is imperative that we think twice about all aspects of the educational process, carefully determining how much there is to be learned in “higher education” settings from those whose presuppositions are based on a hatred for God and His word. We must seek and provide alternative methods of further study so that in the process of wanting to serve the Lord, we are not feeding our children as fodder to His enemies. From where will the opposition arise to combat evil, if not from within our ranks?


Topics: Culture , Family & Marriage, Government, Medicine / Healthcare, Statism

Andrea G. Schwartz

Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven FamilyThe Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your HouseholdEmpowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom ServiceWoman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected]

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