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The Sheer Idiocy of \”Every Child a Wanted Child\”

February 4, AD2014 21 Comments
“Every child a wanted child” has to be one of the more insidious pro-abortion slogans.

Think about this silly little euphemism for a second.

There are only two ways to ensure a child’s “wantedness”:

1) We start wanting the children we create.


2) We kill all the unwanted children.

The first option is the choice to love.

The second option is the choice to kill.

Voilà! Both options will leave us with only “wanted” children! Since the unborn child is helpless and has no way of remedying his “unwanted”/”wanted” status, the “unwantedness” or “wantedness” of a child falls, 100% of the time, on the adults around him, including the adults who made him in the first place (the parents), the adults around those parents, and the adults in society at large.

The Culture of Life’s solution is love, and the Culture of Death’s solution is, of course, death.

But let\’s go with the fun little slogan for a moment, and expand it. How about, “Every woman a wanted woman”? The rest of you will be shot at dawn! Too bad for you — you should have been wanted, heh heh heh. Maybe “Every Jew a wanted Jew”? Wait, someone in the 1940s already thought of that one. Oh, sorry, I’m so out of line there.

Back to the original: “Every child a wanted child.”

Let’s revisit the premise. So what if a child is unwanted (i.e., unloved) by others? Since when do we have the right to kill those who are unloved and unwanted? Isn’t our own humanity measured by how we treat those who are the least popular, the biggest outcasts, the most despised? What kind of culture kills its unwanted?

And what does it say to the children of a culture when they hear slogans proclaiming that they must be “wanted” or else they are not even worthy of life itself?

Thank God that Catholicism teaches the polar opposite of the pro-“choice” slogan above. “Wantedness” has never been the measure of a human being’s worth, nor a requirement for being allowed to stay alive.

If we don’t want a piece of clothing or furniture anymore, we get rid of it. But we don’t do that with human beings. At least not in my world.

I’m going to challenge the ghoulish slogan above with the following antidotes:

Every child is a wanted child.

Every child is intrinsically valuable.

Every child is infinitely lovable.

Every child is made in the image and likeness of God.

Imagine a world where we live and teach those truths!

“Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? And if she should forget, yet will not I forget you.” — God

And as for these idiocies…

“Pro-child, Pro-choice”
“If you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?”
“Against Abortion? Then don’t have one.”

…don’t even get me started!

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Filed in: Social Justice

About the Author:

Leila Miller is a wife and mother of eight children who has a penchant for writing and a passion for teaching the Catholic Faith in simple ways. This summa cum laude Boston College graduate also enjoys debating secularists, and in her spare time she fancies herself a bit of a Catholic matchmaker. She manages two blogs that accommodate those hobbies well: Little Catholic Bubble, and the invite-only Catholic Moms Matchmaking.

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