To the Editor:
A video surfaced on YouTube recently that showed shocking child abuse. In it, a young mother from Malaysia was pinching and beating with a pillow her tiny, crying baby who was barely old enough to crawl. As the child crawled toward her, she’d push it away and hit it with the pillow again.
Internet reactions to this universally were of outrage. Bloggers found it very disturbing and told of how they’d like to do terrible things to the mother for revenge.
Despite the unanimity of opinion on this horrific act, the much more horrible practice of abortion receives shoulder shrugs or even kudos from the same people who condemn the abuse in the video. If pinching a baby and hitting it with a pillow is bad, how much worse is torturing it to death with sharp instruments or acid?
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the U.S. Since then, tens of millions of babies have died in the most horrific fashions simply for the crime of being unwanted by their birth mothers.
We live in a society that increasingly is becoming angered at child abuse, dogfighting and other types of animal abuse, which is a very good thing. We’re also condemning of racism, sexism and religious intolerance.
Yet when it comes to abortion we seem to have no collective conscience for the barbarism it entails, and we justify with post-natal supremacy an intolerant form of bigotry that posits that unborn children are not even human beings.
The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson once ran the largest abortion clinic in the world and was a co-founder of the prominent pro-abortion group NARAL. But over time, with advances in fetal technology, he began to realize that abortion was a form of murder. He abandoned his lucrative abortion practice and became a staunch pro-life activist.
Similarly, many other abortion doctors have also abandoned their trade and spoken out for the rights of the unborn. They’ve come to the realization that the unborn are not blobs of tissue, but are human beings deserving of the right to live.
I sincerely hope that by the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, society as a whole comes to that realization, too.