How can a society deprive a child of life?

Bechler and Group of GOP Members Pro-Life Rally

Bechler and Group of GOP Members at Thursday’s Pro-Life Rally

posted in the Princeton Times Leader

The excellent “Sanctity of Human Life” section of the Jan. 19 issue of the Princeton Times Leader prompted me to put pen-to-paper and offer a few words on this most vital issue.

To paraphrase President Franklin Roosevelt, Jan. 22, 1973 is a day which will live in infamy. On that day, 40 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States of America sanctioned the slaughter of innocent human beings under the guise of a right to privacy. Abortion on demand became the law of the land.

In the 40 years since that wrong-headed decision, over 53 million babies in the United States have been dumped in the garbage can of history. How can a country founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happi ness survive when human life is meaningless?

It is my belief that this single decision is what has led to the moral decay of our country. Is it any wonder that if there is no respect for life in the womb, there is no respect for life outside of the womb, no respect for others’ property?

In the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., there has properly been much debate on why such a thing could happen and what to do to prevent such tragedies in the future. Should certain guns be outlawed, should there be a greater emphasis on mental health, should video games be strictly regulated?

These are issues where well-intentioned people may disagree. I fail to understand, however, how a just society can agonize over whether or not to keep score in a Liittle League game because the pain of losing might be too hard on a child’s feelings, but it is perfectly acceptable to deprive a child of life.

My words may be harsher, more graphic, or more inflammatory than many would like, but I use them to make the point that abortion destroys human life and we must not give in to the temptation of throwing up our hands in disgust and deciding that we can not do anything to stop this abominable practice. We live in a time when there is no longer any doubt that life begins at conception. Let us continue to fight for the lives of the unborn.

As Chip Hutcheson stated, “We’re thankful to live in a community where there is such strong support for that view (being pro-life).” Hopefully one day in the not too distant future our country will again celebrate life and the innocence of little children.