Abortion ruling created ‘culture of death’
To the editor:
Jan. 22, 2013, marks a sad date for our nation. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court, in their decisions of Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, made the killing of our unborn children legal during all nine months of pregnancy.
Pope Benedict XVI states, “Children are the major richness and the most precious good of family. For this reason, it is necessary to help all people to be aware that the intrinsic evil of the crime of abortion, which attacks human life at its beginning, is also an aggression against society itself.”
These words seem eerily prophetic. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 innocent children were killed in Connecticut — an unbelievably horrific and heart-wrenching act. We are losing the dignity of the human person. The dignity of the children slain in Connecticut did not come simply from the fact that their parents happened to want them; their dignity came from the fact that God wanted them, and willed them into existence, just as He wills into existence every child that is conceived. A verse in Scripture, Jeremiah 1:5 states: Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you ... Since 1973, we have been told that we have the “right” to choose — to choose whether we allow an unborn child to live or to be put to death. This “right” has caused us to lose respect for life at its most innocent state and this has resulted in a loss of respect for life at all stages.
We have become a culture of death. We should be as equally horrified about abortion as we are about the murder of innocent grade school children. Even Dr. Seuss told us, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Consider the implications of this fact: When God came to earth, He entered through the womb of a young, unmarried woman who did not plan to be with child.
The solution to an unplanned pregnancy is adoption. What a beautiful “choice,” giving a child the precious gift of life!
We must stop the slaughter of our unborn children. It is a “holocaust” that is taking place legally in the United States. The Supreme Court was wrong in its ruling on slavery and it is wrong in its ruling on abortion. One of the 10 Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and everyone knows that is what happens during an abortion — an unborn child is killed.
If we continue to disregard the dignity and rights of the unborn child, we can expect to see more acts of violence against the human person — at all stages of development.
May your New Year’s resolution be that you will do all in your power to help anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy give life to their child, whether that be by supporting a crisis pregnancy center such as Heartland Pregnancy Center of Ottumwa or just being a supportive friend, listening to them and offering any help they may need.
— Jill Watson, vice president of Jefferson County Right to Life