Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2012

Where is the outrage over abortion?

The events in Newtown, Conn., were horrific. Twenty-six children were slaughtered. These were innocent kids who had the rest of their lives ahead of them. All of these were beautiful little children who had harmed no one. The country, and much of the world, was outraged, as it should be. But there is another outrage that continues day in and day out that causes all of the mass shootings, Oklahoma bombings and Twin Towers 9/11 attacks to pale in comparison. We have come to accept it because no one is outraged, because years ago our country decided it was legal. That outrage is abortion. I don’t think that most people put it into perspective. Let me give you some statistics, gathered and checked from various sources.

Abortion has been legal in the U.S. since 1973, or 40 years. In that time 52 million kids have been aborted. That is roughly 3,600 per day, or three per minute. That means that every nine minutes, in the United States, another Newton occurs. To compare, that means that every 16 days as many kids are killed as all the brave soldiers that were killed in the Vietnam war, every 115 days as many kids are slaughtered as there were U.S. service men and women killed in World War II, or in 172 days we kill as many babies as were killed in the bloodiest war in American history, the Civil War. If you don’t want to compare it to war, how about this: It is more than a Sept. 11, 2001, Twin Towers attack on babies every day of every year for 40 years.

Now, don’t think for one minute I am downplaying what happened in Newtown because I think it was horrible. What I am asking for, though, is for us to look at a much larger problem. I understand that many think women have a right to choose what happens to their bodies. I wouldn’t disagree, but I would disagree that they have a right to choose what happens to that innocent child. Those folks that are pro-abortion will argue that a woman should not be forced to carry a baby in case of rape, or incest or to secure the life of the mother. The problem with that argument is that there are so few of them that fall into those categories. On the low end, estimates run 1 percent, but even the most pro-abortion supporters only claim 5 percent or so are for those reasons, so basically 95 to 99 percent are for convenience.

I believe that this is a great evil that will bring God’s judgment upon this country. We have devalued life through abortion to a point where these numbers no longer faze us. We see many problems throughout this country, but I think they all have one thing in common, the removal of God from our daily lives. I can show you verses from the Bible that show God knows us long before we are born, that He created us, and all kinds of verses that show God’s love for children. Can you show me one where it talks about a women’s right to an abortion?

Scott Stephenson

Falls Mills, Va.

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