Next week, my wife will give birth to our second child. It hasn’t been the easiest pregnancy, so we’re feeling tremendously grateful for God’s faithfulness and provision throughout. One of the ways God has showered us with blessings is through access to modern health care.
A few days ago, I sat in my car after a doctor’s appointment and marveled at what we had just experienced. Using a wand and a computer, the sonogram technician measured our baby’s bones and the circumference of her skull. She measured our baby’s heart rate and blood flow through the umbilical cord. She took pictures of our baby’s nose, lips, feet and hands. We watched the baby practice breathing. At the end, a doctor took this data and told us what we needed to do to keep her as healthy and happy as possible.
Life expectancy was basically unchanged from when Jesus walked the Earth to George Washington’s lifetime. Since 1900, life expectancy has doubled.
Scholars estimate that for most of human history 1-in-4 children died before their first birthday. Today, the rate in America is 7 in 1000.
Death and suffering was a fact of everyday life until very recently, but advances in medical technology have saved millions of lives. It’s a miracle for which we ought to thank God every day.
Of course, the revolution in health care has resulted in some tricky questions. The team at Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is concerned that the ethics of certain scientific innovations require much more consideration. For example, surrogacy raises major questions about society’s understanding of the family, motherhood and fatherhood. India recently banned for-profit surrogacy contracts because they were concerned a class of poor women were becoming professional “breeders.”
There are few easy answers, but Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is committed to ensuring your values are represented as our policymakers tackle these questions by working closely with elected officials and sharing information and resources with churches. Will you help us accomplish this work by making a donation?