|Please choose adoption over abortion|
Letter to the Editor:
The second sentence in the Declaration of Independence has been called by historian Stephen E. Lucas one of the best-known sentences in the English language, containing “the most potent and consequential words in American history.”
Abraham Lincoln made this statement the centerpiece of his presidency. It is the core value of what it truly means to be an American.“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
A statement that is simple to understand, profound for the day, liberating to all and clearly concise. This inspired document gives us unalienable rights that guarantee all humans the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We believe so strongly in these rights that 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives defending those freedoms, and the core truths of our nation, since the American Revolution.
However, there is another segment of our population that since 1973 has lost the protection of that document and its core values, and that is the unborn. Since 1973, we have taken the lives of more than 55 million unborn children in this nation alone.
There were approximately 6.2 million pregnancies in our country last year. Four million resulted in births, 900,000 resulted in a miscarriage and 1.2 million ended in abortion. Nearly 20% of all pregnancies every year now end in the termination of life for the baby.
So here is the question that we, as Americans, must all personally address. Does our Declaration of Independence truly guarantee that all life, whether in the womb or out, has been endowed by our creator the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
To me personally, that answer is clearly delineated by our founding fathers. All men (including the unborn) are created equal and absolutely should be guaranteed the opportunity to live, breathe and participate in the experience of life.
As a pro-life advocate for nearly 40 years, I can no longer just rest my hopes in a legislative solution. My personal mission is to foster a solution that brings life to the unborn and hope to a nation that has clearly lost its path in regards to its obligation to nurture a better life for all of its young, including the unborn.
The data is clear as to the deleterious effects of abortion. We know for a fact that women who have an abortion are six times more likely to suffer from suicidal tendencies. Post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and failed relationships have much higher tendencies in women who have gone through abortions.
We know that 94% of all abortions are performed simply because of the fact that their pregnancy is an inconvenience. The major reason women choose abortion over birth is the simple fact that they have no support system to walk with them through this challenging time of an unplanned pregnancy.
Adoption, not abortion, is the solution I will advocate for. An unwanted or unplanned pregnancy is one of the most emotionally challenging positions women can be in.
To the women out there who find themselves trapped in this difficult circumstance, please be aware that there are churches, organizations and community people who are here to help. Please choose adoption over abortion and realize there are literally thousands of people in this country alone who would cherish the opportunity to raise, love and nurture the child that you are carrying.
Choose life for your child.
|Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:09 AM|