Date: January 26, 1998
To : Editorial Page Editor
Re : Guest Column, Anniversary of Roe v Wade
by Keith and Gail Brightbill
As we reflect on the past 25 years since the Supreme Court decision which made it a constitutionally protected right for a woman to kill her unborn child, over 200 million children have died through the various types of surgical and chemical abortions. How have we come to the place in this country when life is held in such low regard? It is not difficult to see the direction this decision is taking us, as Jack Kevorkian continues to ply his deadly trade, and euthanasia is being spoken of as a duty of the elderly to save on medical costs.
The shift in our foundational thinking took off in earnest with Darwin's "Origin of Species." Society moved from belief in a Supreme Being with absolute standards of right and wrong, to our current prevailing belief that morality is the choice of the individual. As people began to reject a supernatural Creator, they also shook off belief in a supernatural Lawgiver and Judge. In other words, if there is no God, men felt they could choose any behavior without consequences.
In the early 1960's Bible reading and prayer were removed from the public schools. With the foundation of right and wrong now removed, all forms of behavior came in. This lack of absolute standards suited Planned Parenthood very nicely. Their sex education programs continue to promote any sexual activity as normal, with the only bad consequence of sex a live birth. Hence, they promote birth control.
Abortion advocates argue that birth control will prevent the need for abortions. However, many birth control devices actually cause abortions within days of conception. The Pill, the IUD, Depo- Provera and Norplant prevent births by one or more of the following properties. First, they may inhibit ovulation, which prevents fertilization from ever occurring. Second, they may reduce the chance of fertilization by thickening the mucous lining of the uterus which slows the travel of the sperm to the egg. Third, the birth control devices disrupt the lining of the uterus which prevents implantation. Ovulation is not always prevented. Breakthrough ovulation occurs 2 to 80% of the time depending on the product. In those cases, the newly conceived human being starves to death for lack of nourishment and is then expelled from the body. These chemical abortions occur before the woman knows she is pregnant.
The American Medical Association has made it possible for birth control devices to be accepted more readily by redefining pregnancy. In the past, a pregnancy began when an egg and sperm united; that is, at conception. But thanks to the new definition, pregnancy begins when the zygote (baby) implants in the uterus. Therefore, Planned Parenthood and others can say, by their new definition, that the Pill, the IUD, Depo-Provera or Norplant do not cause abortions. One immutable fact remains in any case--a child who was conceived will die in the womb because of many of the birth control devices. Due to this fact, the number of abortions since Roe v Wade is closer to the 200 million previously mentioned, rather than the 35 million surgical abortions commonly reported.
The question of abortion is a clash of two very different world views. The one believes all life is sacred from conception to natural death. Quality of life is not the issue. Neither are the circumstances which result in conception. This view believes all life should be protected. This applies to the unborn, the young, the elderly, the handicapped and anyone in between by virtue of their creation as part of the human family; that is, in the image of God.
The other view sees a woman's choice as sacred. The choice a woman demands is in reality the choice to kill an innocent unborn human being. This view is held so strongly that even the partial-birth abortion is defended by the most radical within the pro-abortion position. The director of the local Planned Parenthood continues to defend this procedure in spite of the overwhelming opposition to it nationwide.
When Roe v Wade was decided, medical technology was limited compared to what we have today. With the current knowledge we have about fetal development, there is simply no denying that the unborn are living human beings. Why then do we continue to defend abortion? How many more babies must die in the next 25 years if Roe v Wade is allowed to stand? The Supreme Court reversed itself on the full personhood of African Americans. Isn't it time the Court does the same thing with unborn Americans?
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