All Lives Matter: Even The Elderly

In light of the Planned Parenthood videos which have come to light, covered by Red Millennial’s Assistant Editor Garrett Humbertson, the discussion of the value of life has been reignited as well it should be. However, this discussion has focused on one stage of life, infancy. But don’t #AllLivesMatter? Not just babies.

First off, let me clarify, I am pro-life and anti-abortion, I love babies! But it’s easy to love babies because they’re just so darn sweet, cute and precious. Baby’s lives are important, but so are the lives of the elderly and disabled. The elderly and the disabled aren’t always as easy to for us to defend as babies because they may look or behave differently then we do. But it doesn’t matter, their lives matter just as much as the lives of those babies. Human life is valuable because we are created in God’s image. Period.

Psalm 139: 14 says: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse is often associated with the pro-life movement, but this verse applies to all life, not just the unborn.

In Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” once the aged hit a certain age, they are “done away with” because they can no longer contribute to society. Last month the House voted to repeal a portion of Obamacare dubbed as “death panels” these death panels are “a Medicare cost-cutting board…that could ration care,” according to the Washington Times. For example, let’s say your grandma needs a heart transplant. These death panels could decide to deny paying for your grandmother’s procedure either due to her age, or because they deem someone else’s life as more worthy than your grandmother’s. Now most families can’t afford these expensive procedures, in addition to any expensive medications or physical therapy your grandmother might need post-surgery. So what’s going to happen to your grandmother? That’s right she’s probably going to suffer and eventually die, barring a miracle.

I have had the pleasure of working in long-term healthcare for almost for years. When I first started, 6 weeks after I graduated high school, I never would have dreamed I would have found myself working in long-term healthcare, and I never would have imaged growing to love my work as much as I have. While the aged may not be able to make profitable contributions to society anymore, they have contributed throughout their lifetime just as we all do, and what do they get in return? Denied surgery just because they government doesn’t deem their lives “worthy” anymore. In addition, many of the aged have much wisdom to impart to the next generation, and I can’t think of a more important contribution to society than that.

Yes, sometimes I get frustrated when they ask me the same question every five min, but it’s also heartbreaking that they can’t remember it because of their Alzheimer’s. It’s heartbreaking to hear them talk about going home, when you know they aren’t going home, or when they wake up in the middle of the night looking for their husband because they can’t remember that their husband is dead. This is the generation that raised us, and gave us everything we have. They valued our lives, we owe them the same in return.

God is the only one who has authority to give and take life. Anyone who tries to do so is “playing God”. All lives matter, even those who are different or can no longer contribute to society.