January 22, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous “Roe v. Wade” decision. This monstrously flawed decision to officially recognize the non-existent right to murder has legalized the killing of 55,800,000 U.S. babies in the four decades since. Meanwhile, similar disregard for the dignity of human life has claimed the lives of 1.28 billion worldwide since 1980.2
The United States death toll has equaled the number of lives lost during World War II.3 The Land of Opportunity can now be compared to some notable 20th century’s madmen as follows: Mao Zedong (45 million murders)3, Josef Stalin (15+ million)4, Adolf Hitler (5.7 million)5.
The abortion numbers cannot describe the totality of this human tragedy. Here we are in the midst of a deep recession, both economic and social. Imagine the talents and ability to love that have been destroyed over these forty years. (Yes, all human life is precious. I am attempting to appeal to those cold-hearted individuals who view life as a mere commodity.)
And this on-going tragedy is not only about those who have lost their lives by a “procedure.” The often forgotten victims are the mothers.6 Abortion cannot be equated to a trip to the dentist to have one’s teeth cleaned. It violates the supernatural built-in control system we have (otherwise known as our conscience). We may be able to rationalize and mislead our brain, but not the truth which dwells deep within us.
On this somber anniversary, may we strive to return the rule of law to protect ALL human life, from conception to natural death. May we bring healing to every woman and man who has been wounded by an abortion. And, to the memory of our departed little ones, we ask God for forgiveness and for the strength to face the dangers inherent with bringing moral decency to His world.
*– “Holy Innocents” refers to the children King Herod had executed when he realized that the Three Wise Men were not going to return with the information he had requested regarding the exact location of the newborn King. Matthew 2:12 “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.” Matthew 2:16 “When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.” (from The New Catholic Answer Bible, Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, Kansas, 2005) The Catholic Church remembers these martyrs every December 28.
2 – www.numberofabortions.com
3 – Arifa Akbar, www.independent.co.uk, 9/17/2010
4 – “[Robert] Conquest states that while exact numbers may never be known with complete certainty, the various terror campaigns launched by the Soviet government claimed no fewer than 15 million lives. Others maintain that their earlier higher victim total estimates are correct.” The earlier estimates mentioned in the same article went as a high as 60 million. Differences are partially attributed to “This categorization is controversial however, as historians differ as to whether the famine was a deliberate part of the campaign of repression against kulaks and others or simply an unintended consequence of the struggle over forced collectivization.” (from Wikipedia)
5 – www.necrometrics.com, total represents Jews only and the number was taken from the Nuremberg indictment and accepted by Britannica
6 – Despite Planned Parenthood’s claims and quoted studies to the contrary, there is much evidence for concern. Afterabortion.org reported on 2/23/2011, “In a study of post-abortion patients only 8 weeks after their abortion, researchers found that 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor… Since many post-abortive women use repression as a coping mechanism, there may be a long period of denial before a woman seeks psychiatric care.” From Nlrc.org, “Wanda Franz, Ph.D., in a March 1989 congressional hearing on the impact of abortion. ‘They report horrible nightmares of children calling them from trash cans, of body parts, and blood,’ Franz told the Congressional panel. ‘When they are reminded of the abortion,’ Franz testified, ‘the women re-experienced it with terrible psychological pain … They feel worthless and victimized because they failed at the most natural of human activities — the role of being a mother.’” Outreach programs are being formed to deal with the emotional trauma stemming from an abortion.