Myth #10: "The only worthwhile child is a healthy child.”
Have you ever met a parent whose child has gone through an illness, health crisis, or lives with chronic illness or disability? In learning about their life, have you ever heard them say something like, “If I had known how much my child’s health issues would affect my life, I would have chosen not to have them.”? Of course not! Yes, we can all appreciate, the struggle is real! But there is no perfectly healthy child. And any inconvenience their health issues cause us always pale in comparison to the love we feel for them. We all know, our bodies are imperfect. Sooner or later, some sort of health issue will befall all of us.
Our babies and children are not worth less because they happen to suffer through health crises early in their lives. All our kids, no matter their health issues, are valuable. Value is not ascribed to human beings depending on whether their existence inconveniences us or not. They are valuable because they are precious and made in God’s image.