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OPINION: 40 years too many for abortion


Gun violence is the hot topic lately, although this is a misnomer. Physical violence occurs when individuals or groups act out using any type of object to cause harm to others. It is not the "instrument or object" alone that causes the violence, but the person(s) who use them to perpetrate the act(s).

The individual or group is the problem, not the gun or object. So it is with abortion -- an abortionist acts out the violence in the womb to end the baby's life.

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, both of which led to the legalization of abortion up to birth. Unlike most anniversaries that are joyous, this one conjures up feelings of mourning in remembering the 55 million-plus babies who have been killed since 1973.

These precious babies account for more casualties than all of the American wars combined since the revolution! Where is the outrage and disgust of this violence in our country? Are not these littlest ones deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

The biggest abortion provider in the United States is Planned Parenthood. In its 2011-2012 annual report, it lauded the murdering of over 333,964 babies -- it is big business. One baby every 94 seconds is killed at a Planned Parenthood facility. According to a January National Right to Life Committee Inc. report, this "represents an income of at least $150.6 million. Collectively, the organization showed nearly $1.2 billion in revenues with more than 45 percent of that ($542.4 million) coming in the form of Government Health Services Grants and Reimbursements." Total number of daily U.S. abortions is over 3,400 when including all abortion facilities. The mother's womb is the most violent place yet too many turn a blind eye.

Hypocrisy best describes our government that calls it double homicide if someone murders a pregnant woman but it's legal to have abortions. President Obama is the most pro-abortion president ever. We mourn the loss of the precious lives at Sandy Hook Elementary, but stand in denial at the bigger picture.

The president was recently quoted in regards to that tragedy saying, "They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own." Yes, Mr. President, the 55 million plus aborted babies had their entire lives ahead of them as well. Not only does the president support federal funding of abortion with our tax dollars but he sponsored legislation in Chicago, as a senator, to deny babies resuscitative efforts if they would survive an abortion. Our mainstream media fails to report the facts. None of these children had the right to choose. Where's the citizen outrage?

We now see our government impose the HHS (aka, health care) mandate, which mandates everyone to have health insurance and says that employers must provide birth control coverage (regardless of the views of the employers), including abortifacients.

These pills are prescribed to cause an abortion and the mandate forces businesses and individuals to violate their consciences. Our taxpayer money is used to support such programs. Where are our rights to religious freedom guaranteed under the Constitution?

There are millions of women struggling with the after affects of abortion: physical pain and complications, infertility, guilt, suicide, addictions, depression, nightmares, shame.

Fathers are childless, families broken by the loss of loved ones, they need healing. If it is legal, does it make it right? Slavery was legal, too. Is it right?

Pause today to reflect, and pray. Then, take action and demand that this violence must stop. Together, let's end the largest American holocaust. Forty years is too many.

Sonja VanErdewyk, of Mitchell, is president of Mitchell Area Right to Life.