David A. Nealy
To the editor:
Reflecting on the Jan. 22 40th anniversary of the horribly misguided Supreme Court decision somehow permitting the destruction of innocent human life in the womb (Roe vs. Wade), I remain astonished by the extent to which abortion clinic “killing fields” are justified by the so-called “right of a woman to choose.”
This rationale almost casually argues that the baby in a woman’s womb is her property and that she should be at liberty to do whatever she wants to do with it — apparently ending its life if convenient. It is also very hard to understand how the highest court in the land could so easily trump the most fundamental right of all — the right to life — without seriously confronting the equally fundamental question of when human life actually begins.
I suppose ignoring that most important question might ease a few consciences when reflecting on the incomprehensible human carnage wrought by abortion. In spite of recent claims by Planned Parenthood that abortions represent a small portion of their activity, the total infant death toll since 1973 by all death providers is approximately 18,000 times the death toll in the 911 attack, 1,100 times the lives lost in the Vietnam conflict and 35 times all U.S. highway deaths over the past 40 years.
That translates to about 55 million human lives whose lost potential is known only to God. Surely this nation — blessed beyond any others by God — must confront and put an end to this abominable stain on the national soul.