Sunday, October 31, 2010

40 Days, and a prayer for life

Today is the last day of the 40 Days for Life event. While today will therefore be the last day I post a "40 Days" post, it will most certainly not be the last time I write about abortion.

We can't really understand the magnitude of the abortion holocaust until we realize that there are 52 million Americans aged 37 or under who are simply missing. To visualize that number, take a look at the Memorial to the Missing, which contains about fifty million pennies to represent the fifty million (and counting) lives lost since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton became our laws.

Another way to visualize the numbers is to think of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001. If 3,000 Americans died in terror attacks every day for over 17,300 days, or every day for more than 47 years, we would have lost the same number of people as we have lost from legal abortion. In fact, there were several pregnant women among the victims of 9/11, and most counts include the lives of their unborn children in the total number of victims, as they should be counted. But the strange truth is that Americans only count unborn victims as people if their mothers didn't exercise their right to choose to pay someone to kill them; thus we mourn, as we should, the women and their unborn children who perished on 9/11 as we mourn all the innocent who died that day; but we ignore, as we should not, the approximately 3,700 unborn humans who die every single day in abortion clinics in America.

I know that my readers come from different perspectives on abortion; that you would choose to keep reading here when I am unequivocally pro-life gives me some hope for future cooperation. Can we not, at a minimum, agree that 3,700 abortions a day, many of them taking place under duress, pressure, and coercion, are far, far too many? Can't we work and pray together to end this nightmare for women and for the children lost forever?

I pray, on this eve of All Hallows' Day, that we will have the courage to see the intrinsic worth and irreplaceable value of every human life, and that we will work to ensure that ours becomes a culture in which a woman never has to choose to pay someone to kill her unborn child. I want more than that; I've never tried to hide it. But couldn't we all agree on at least that much?

God bless all who work and pray and strive to bear witness to the dignity and worth of all human life, from conception until natural death.


L. said...

"Can we not, at a minimum, agree that 3,700 abortions a day, many of them taking place under duress, pressure, and coercion, are far, far too many?" --->


Charlotte said...

I have enjoyed these blog posts, Red. I wish they could be spread out much wider than they are.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I can't agree on the value of raw numbers. For example, can you imagine America with 50 million more unemployed people today? I know that is fallacious, because to some unknown degree some of those 50 million would have been quite productive, or earned money to spend increasing consumer demand, etc. But where would we put, how would we have employed, housed, fed, those additional 50 million?

If we focus instead on the intrinsic worth of each individual, we can agree that mass production of abortions is entirely a wrongful process. My sister, a family practice doctor, insists that abortions are performed in clinics by a small number of doctors because so many private practice doctors are bullied into refusing to do them.

There may be some truth to that, but, in my view, it should be an options considered privately by the woman concerned and her physician, not a casual walk-in to an abortion assembly line. That should mean that the procedure will become far more rare. It might also mean that pregnancy outside of marriage will become far more rare.