Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fifty million

We are ten days away from the 2010 March for Life in Washington, DC. Pro-life Americans have been marching in Washington for thirty-six years now, since 1974. And since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, more than fifty million American children have been killed by abortion.

Have a hard time visualizing the number "fifty million?" I do. That's why this "Memorial to the Missing" monument in Jackson, Mississippi is such a valuable reminder of how many children have been most cruelly killed in their mother's wombs:


50 MILLION REMEMBERED — The Memorial to the Missing at the Baptist Building stands in mute testimony to the 50 million lives that have been lost to legalized abortion since 1973. Each penny in the Memorial represents one of the 50 million babies that has been killed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state abortion laws and opened the door to abortion nationwide during the entire nine months of pregnancy. (Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.)


Though I won't be able to travel from Texas to attend this year's March, I'll be praying for all those who will be there and for mercy and healing for all who have participated in any way in the terrible evil of abortion. This year, let's especially pray that any heath care reform that is voted into law will not include the terrible evil of coverage for abortions.

Fifty million American children are gone from this world forever. How many more have to die, before the evil of abortion is seen for what it truly is, and our country turns away in repentance from this madness and horror?

6 comments:

Kerri said...

Why doesn't the Cardigan family road trip to the Rally for Life in Austin on the 23rd? It's an experience...

Siarlys Jenkins said...

What about the millions more egg and sperm which never got a chance to form a zygote, and tragically dried up and died before giving their unique half-chromosomes to a new baby? That is way more than 50 million.

Red Cardigan said...

Siarlys, define "zygote." Note the difference between the definition of "zygote" and the definitions of eggs and sperm cells, respectively.

Bethany Hudson said...

Sperm and eggs by themselves are merely human tissue with the potential to create life. Once they are joined, they form a zygote, the smallest version of a human being.

Big difference.

I don't cry over my trimmed hair, either.

Anonymous said...

I'll be at the San Francisco Walk for Life again this year, marching in solidarity. It's powerful indeed.

I didn't know about that penny memorial in Mississippi -- thanks for sharing. What a sad but beautiful, visual reminder.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I know the difference between a zygote and an egg and a sperm. One has 23 complete pairs of chromosomes, the other two have 23 chromosomes each, unpaired, one of them having an x and no y, the other a y and no x. I am playing with the word "life," They are all alive. None of them could survive on their own. But I won't push the point further. I've been batting it around at Gerard's site for a couple of weeks. When you start with markedly opposite premises, it is very difficult to actually agree on a conclusion.