Will Infanticide Follow Abortion As Acceptable Behavior? | The Institute for Creation Research

Will Infanticide Follow Abortion As Acceptable Behavior?

Abortion has become firmly entrenched in American society. To many voters on both sides this is the only important issue. Abortion has become almost a "sacrament" to feminists.

Claiming a constitutional "right to privacy" or the woman's "right to control her own body" shows the lengths to which advocates are willing to abandon logic, for there is no such constitutional right, and it is the unborn infant's "body" most affected. Others propose abortion to limit population growth or contain welfare costs. Historically, it was championed as a way to promote a favored race. While 4000 will die today from abortion in America, other countries have an even more callous view. Surely the practice of killing unborn children has entered the mainstream of societal, although not necessarily majority, thought.

No doubt justification of this behavior is the desire to retain sexual freedom without personal responsibility. But evolutionary thinking and the refusal to acknowledge accountability to a Creator God who created mankind (even pre-born babes) lies at the very core. Scientists state that since animals sometimes induce abortions, such behavior must be acceptable in humans; the "higher animal." With such faulty thinking and lame excuses used to justify sin, we might ask, "What comes next, infanticide'''

An article in the science magazine Discover (September '96), discusses this possibility, detailing the history of the relatively new field of sociobiology. This evolution-based discipline attempts to apply animal behavior to human society. The leading proponent of this view is Dr. E. O. Wilson of Harvard University, a well known evolutionary humanist.

The crux of the article was the work of his former student Dr. Sarah Hardy, who twenty-five years ago studied the practice of infanticide in the langurs (primates) of India. She had observed that when a new male gains leadership of a group of females, he will kill the infant of the ousted leader, allowing the females to bear his own offspring.

The discussion reviewed her theories and others who followed, but the most chilling aspect was the possible use of this animal behavior as a model for human behavior. The article's author, Dr. Carl Zimmer, stopped short of advocating human infanticide, but clearly the issue was raised and not discarded. Those who today practice infanticide were discussed without condemnation. A comparison to the disparity in frequency of child-killing between biological fathers and step-fathers was made. Nowhere was the practice of infanticide condemned, and, of course, no mention was made of it as a sin.

The article did speculate on the various reasons why langurs (and other animals) choose to kill their young, and comparisons were made to human situations. The reader is left to shudder at the thought of the possibilities, but be numbed to its consequences, by greater familiarity with it.

One only has to look at Hitler's Germany to recognize similarities. Atrocities escalated until unthinkable things were attempted. It is my conviction that the trends in this country are the same. A wholesale turnover of politicians, media elite, and education theorists would help to stem the tide. The groundwork has already been laid, the damage may have already been done. We will soon reap even more awful fruits of evolutionary thinking, unless we go "Back to Genesis."

* Dr. John Morris is President of ICR.

Cite this article: John D. Morris, Ph.D. 1996. Will Infanticide Follow Abortion As Acceptable Behavior?. Acts & Facts. 25 (11).

The Latest
NEWS
Do Fish Skulls Show Evolution?
Fish never learned to walk. Regardless, an evolutionary paleontologist suggested an undocumented scenario of how fish gradually evolved into four-legged...

ACTS & FACTS
Honoring Pioneers of Creation
It’s always fun to catch up with old friends. We recently asked some pioneers of the creation movement to share with us where they are in their...

ACTS & FACTS
Henry M. Morris and Duane T. Gish: Advancing the Cause of Christ
    The following excerpts by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. Duane Gish were taken from the first issue of the Creation-Science...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer Don DeYoung
I first met Dr. Henry Morris in 1973 when he spoke in chapel at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. With a growing interest in creation studies,...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer Larry Vardiman
Larry and Jeannette Vardiman   During my second year in graduate school at Colorado State University, I received a phone call...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer David Coppedge
David Coppedge   I’ve lived in Santa Clarita, California, since 1992, but I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. My parents...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer Russell Humphreys
Russell Humphreys   After I retired in 2008 from being an associate professor for the Institute for Creation Research, I moved...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer Gary Parker
Gary Parker   In rural south Florida where I grew up (Arcadia, DeSoto County), where my wife, Mary, and I had the first of our...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Pioneer John Baumgardner
My wife, Mary, and I currently live in central Virginia near Lynchburg and Liberty University, where I serve as research professor emeritus in the School...

ACTS & FACTS
John C. Whitcomb: God’s Providence and The Genesis Flood
John C. Whitcomb   John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris published The Genesis Flood in 1961. For the first time, a book presented...