Guest Post: There’s No Crisis in Aging

Recently, Stanford Center on Longevity announced a project called the “New Map of Life.” “In the United States,” the authors write, “as many as half of today’s 5-year-olds can expect to live to the age of 100, and this once unattainable milestone may become the norm for newborns by 2050.”

The problem, the authors admit, is that we don’t know what to do with an extra 30 years: The “narrative of an ‘aging society’ seems to convey only a crisis.”

Reaching this 100-years-of-life milestone is, as one researcher put it, a “[breathtaking] package of human potential the world has never seen, unprecedented numbers of people with unprecedented capabilities, and significant desire to give back and leave the world better.”

Scripture agrees, calling old age “a crown of glory.” But that’s not because of how long it lasts or what is accomplished. It’s because there’s a “why” behind it all. As Stanford looks for technological and sociological benefits to longer lives, Christians can point to the Source of meaning for all of life, who faced and defeated death.

The more time we have to do that, the better.

Copyright 2022 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Kenyans Erased for Lucrative Baby Business

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

Recently, a reporter who went undercover to investigate the growing international commercial surrogacy industry in Kenya found that Kenya has no real laws on the books governing surrogacy. Some would-be parents, including wealthy international couples, fudge the rules to get what they want. In some cases, couples have convinced the surrogate to illegally list their names on the child’s birth certificate – which legally erases the mother from the child’s life, forever.

With one-third of Kenyans living in poverty, and the cost of surrogacy less than a third of what it cost in the United States, the situation is ripe for exploitation, corruption, and violence.

And there is no official count of the number of babies born by surrogacy in Kenya. Every one is born into a tragic situation. Even if it were just one, it’s awful. Neither babies nor poor women are bodies for sale. And every child has a right to their own mother and father.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Two Bad Bills on House Public Health Committee Agenda

The House Public Health Committee has two bad bills on its agenda for Tuesday, March 23: H.B. 1685 and H.B. 1686.

These bad bills by Rep. Michelle Gray (R – Melbourne) and Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) amend the Arkansas Healthcare Decisions Act and the Arkansas Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act.

The Arkansas Healthcare Decisions Act and the Arkansas Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act govern how Arkansans and their family members make decisions about end-of-life care.

Under H.B. 1685 and H.B. 1686, patients and families might not work directly with physicians when making end-of-life decisions and choices about life-sustaining care.

That could undermine how we treat nursing home residents, the elderly, and the terminally ill.

Arkansas has excellent laws protecting people near the end of life. We don’t need to do anything that might weaken those good laws.

Read H.B 1685 Here.

Read H.B 1686 Here.