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Those Who Died Today

A reflection on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Following the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, an emotional President Obama observed that, “The majority of those who died today were children . . .”

While I don’t doubt the President’s sincerity in grieving over the children killed in Newtown, I can’t help but balk at his contradictory platform that demarcates life with value from life without.

Obama Reacts to Sandy Hook ShootingThe numbers show that the President’s statement holds true for every day in the United States:  “The majority of those who died today were children”.   Over the past four decades, fifty-five-million legal abortions have been committed.  That number, over only forty years, dwarfs the number of Americans killed in war during our nation’s entire history.  According to the CDC, the number of lives lost each year by abortion approximate the combined number lost by heart disease and cancer, the two recognized leading causes of death among Americans!

Of course, abortion being a legal procedure, its numbers sweep beneath a murky rug: though the unborn are empirically human and alive, their deaths are not counted among the living by a bipolar, taxpayer-funded government.

“Viability” is the semantic term in play; thus say pro-choicers, “the baby [or fetus or embryo or zygote] can’t survive on its own outside the mother.”  An interesting point to consider as I hold my newborn Catherine on the couch.  Eleven pounds at birth last week and every bit as reliant on her mother (or some devoted human) as when she weighed but eleven grams.

I wonder the “viability” of the twenty murdered Sandy Hook kids.  As the President noted, “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own . . .”

And yet they, being but babes trapped in a space confined, couldn’t escape or out-muscle the killer’s will or the weapon he wielded.


3 comments on “Those Who Died Today

  1. Grande Falcone
    January 25, 2013

    A friend sent me this Youtube video that goes a step further than my post here and places many of the President’s statements about children in the context of the abortion debate.

  2. Christie
    February 8, 2013

    It’s heartbreaking, indeed – all of it, the senseless ending of precious lives that God has created. I used to do research for a pastor at home, and I remember the first topic I ever researched for him was for Sanctity of Life Sunday. When I was researching some stuff on Roe v Wade, I looked up various things passed that same year, and I was struck by an incredibly sad, heartbreaking irony: The same year there was an environmental protection act passed that protected the lives of tons of ANIMALS, PLANTS and FLOWERS. Are you KIDDING me!? I kept meaning to do a blog post on it, but our internet has been so lame-o that I never did it…. It is so sad, though, that the heart of the law protects a turtle egg before the life of a human being. Messed up.

  3. Grande Falcone
    February 8, 2013

    Crazy. I didn’t know about that, but the irony is right in line with the Orwellian road we’re on.

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