On a Christian radio station in Chicago, I recently heard an interview with William Young, author of the popular and controversial Christian book, The Shack. Haven’t read the book, but I was intrigued by Young’s story of how his mother came to read the book. She was offended by her son’s portrayal of God as a black woman and didn’t want to read the book, until a friend of hers talked her into reading it. The friend of hers, Howard Nunn (if I recall the name correctly), is a minister who owes his life to Young’s mother, and that’s the story I wanted to mention.
Young’s mother was a nurse helping to deliver babies at a hospital in the fifties. A woman there needed a C-section. The doctor took out the tiny, premature infant, barely one pound in weight, and handed it to Young’s mother with these words (if I remember correctly): “This is not viable. Dispose of it.” Back then, they didn’t have the advanced neonatal support systems we have today, and a baby that premature simply had no chance, or so they thought. The nurse didn’t have the heart to carry out the normal procedures and wrapped the hopeless infant up and set it on a window sill (as I recall). The doctor then announced to the family that he was sorry, the baby was too premature and was dead.
When the nurse checked a couple hours later and found the infant was still alive, she was shocked and began caring for it. It was returned to the mother and grew up just fine, apparently, for Howard Nunn would later become a Protestant missionary and work in West Africa and elsewhere.
The doctor was outraged that his orders has been questioned and disobeyed, and treated Young’s mother like dirt after that.
Just a reminder about the miracle of life and the horror of our society’s massive money-making machine known as the abortion industry. The reality is that many of the fetuses killed in later-term abortions could be viable, even those tiny one-pound creatures like Howard Nunn.
(Corrections are welcome if I’ve got details wrong – this is based on memory from a radio program I heard a few days ago.)