Letter to the Editor

At what age should the government protect a human life (in or out of the womb/yours or mine)? This is the question every pro-abortion (pro-choice) citizen, opinion writer, politician and elected official should answer.

“Missouri abortion bill rivals Alabama in harm, cruelty” blares the guest editorial in the Tuesday, May 21 in the Herald-Banner. In the opinion of the author and apparently the opinion of the editors of the Herald-Banner efforts to protect the life of a child are cruel and harmful. The editorial laments the harm done to an imaginary “voiceless and vulnerable seventh grader,” and “the adolescent victim of human trafficking.”

No evidence that said victims of human trafficking or seventh grader would be protected from harm by the killing of a baby in the womb was sited. No reference to the cases (easily found via an internet search) of trafficked pregnant adolescents being forced to abort their children before being returned to “service” were sited. Planned Parenthood has a history of preforming abortions on adolescent girls and returning the girls to the custody of their rapist without the required mandatory reporting to law enforcement.

What of the devaluing of the lives of those around us who were conceived in rape but allowed to live to term – government should say to them “your life isn’t worth protecting?

What of the studies that state that 80 percent of women pregnant as a result of rape or incest who make the choice to bring their child to term and feel thankful that made this choice?

What of the studies that that site the women who stated they felt aborting of the their child conceived in rape left them feeling worse – twice traumatized?

Do a web search. You will find the results of studies demonstrating the above.

Just two:

An Elliot Institute study on rape-related pregnancies found that nearly 80 percent of the women who aborted said that abortion was the wrong solution.

Mahkorn, “Pregnancy and Sexual Assault,” The Psychological Aspects of Abortion, eds. Mall & Watts, (Washington, D.C., University Publications of America, 1979) p. 55-69.

All children in and out of the womb have value, even those conceived in rape.

MARCY REESE

Quinlan