Letter: Abortion is not health care
Re “Forty years safe and legal” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 21):
It is a matter for great shame that our society enshrines as a legal option the killing of a whole group of its members, i.e. those still in their mothers’ wombs. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate, put it, “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.”
Since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, there have been some 70 million abortions in this nation. And yet to many people this is just another statistic. Thus, by and large, as a nation we have become anesthetized to this taking of human lives.
Making abortion legal has sanctioned it in many people’s minds as one more “health care option.” It needs to be said that, despite what Planned Parenthood says, yes, it is legal, but no, it is not safe. There have been numerous reports of unsafe facilities performing abortions which do not meet standards for proper health care. There is also the fact that many, many male sexual predators of underage teenage girls have gotten away scot-free without having their crimes reported, and thus Planned Parenthood becomes complicit in the abuse of young female victims.
However, thanks to ultrasound technology and the prevalence of many pro-life pregnancy care centers which do not provide abortion, the lives of many babies have been saved, and the mothers have been preserved from abortion’s devastating psychological aftermath. Furthermore, it is making it clearer to society at large that the fetus is indeed a life, not just a lifeless botch of cells. And therefore, no, abortion is not health care. The traditional Hippocratic oath affirms this, even though the present generation of doctors has sadly removed this clause.
We can only hope and pray that one day America will wake up and once again enshrine as a hallmark of a free people that all life is sacred.