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Many Holocaust survivors resent comparison of legal abortion with their own unmitigated horrors, and I’m mindful of their sensitivities. However, Lewis‘ warning about the mortal dangers of man’s unchecked pride apply anywhere that human beings are treated as disposable.

Professor James Giordano of the Potomac Institute opened the Jan. 14 seminar by noting that in terms of research, the 1990s were “the decade of the brain, the 2000s were the decade of the mind, and the 2010s are the decade of pain control.”

How far will we go to eradicate pain and enhance pleasure? As we careen toward the brave new world of engineered human beings in a land of abortion on demand, each “advance” must be weighed as to how it will affect the weakest and most defenseless among us.

An outspoken Christian, Lewis found hope in the natural, God-given love that still governs: “We may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.”

In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses conveys God’s view: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”The law needs to reflect the divinely inspired moral order. Thomas Jefferson not only thought that “all men are endowed by their Creator” with the right to life, but gave it top priority among man’s “unalienable rights.”

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

Robert Knight is a senior writer for Coral Ridge Ministries and a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.