Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans have a disability? Our society has made great strides in raising awareness and providing resources for those living with a disability. And yet many people still don’t value the lives of unborn babies with disabilities.
An estimated total of 92% of women whose unborn babies are diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome opt to terminate their pregnancy. In Britain, 90% of unborn babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome are aborted, according to the National Down Syndrome Cytogenic Register. And in Iceland, the number is as high as 100%.
God’s Word tells us that every single life is valuable—inside the womb or out, with a disability or without. Each human being is made in the image of God and is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Yet some wonder how we can say babies with disabilities are fearfully and wonderfully made. How can we say this about a genetic disorder or an illness?
A Biblical Understanding of Disabilities
Stacia McKeever has an answer to that question. Stacia is an author with Answers in Genesis and has a child with Williams Syndrome.
Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that comes from missing 26-28 genes on the 7th chromosome. It often leads to developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities, as is the case with Stacia’s son.
Stacia has heard many questions about God’s goodness in light of the struggle of disability. She understands the pain behind these questions all too well.
Her answer to those questions is that God originally designed human DNA as “very good” when He created Adam and Even in Genesis 1-2. But when Adam and Eve sinned, God cursed the ground, and now, all creation “groans” under this curse of death and sin (Romans 8:22).
As a result of that curse, we live in a world that is no longer “very good,” and that includes our DNA. Because of sin’s curse, we face illnesses and disabilities.
Seeing God’s Goodness in Disability
Yet in those struggles with sickness and disability, we see God’s goodness, mercy, and sovereignty. The same God who is in control of the stars in the farthest galaxy is in control of the process of conception and prenatal development.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God takes credit for forming Jeremiah in the womb and calling him to be a prophet. And in Psalm 139:14, David praises God for forming his unborn body, saying he is “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
These Scriptures aren’t just referring specifically to Jeremiah and David. They point to the care and precision God takes in forming every human being in the womb.
God is the author of the lives of children with relative health, just as He is the author of the lives of children who aren’t completely healthy. This includes children with physical, mental, or emotional problems due to a disability.
Psalm 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
Dealing with a disability or raising a child with a disability is often difficult. And yet we can trust God to lead us with the same care that He took into forming each of our bodies.
God Is Good—No Matter What
No matter our present circumstances, there is one thing we know for sure—God is good.
There’s a popular saying in the church that goes “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” Stacia says Christians often say this phrase when something good happens, such as surviving a car crash without any bodily harm. And yet, she points out, God would still be good even if the car crash resulted in death or injury.
His goodness doesn’t change based on our circumstances or our health.
“We tend to talk about God’s goodness when things are going good for us—good as we define it,” she says. “But He is good all the time.”
Learn more about God’s unwavering goodness in Stacia’s teaching video Disabilities. Her encouraging words point people to God’s goodness, no matter what disability has touched their lives.