Opinion: Nothing Christian about killing unborn children, says Colton man
To the Editor:
In response to “Pastor Commends NY For Fighting For Women” which appeared in the April 7-13 issue of North Country This Week: It is wrong to suppose that those who believe that abortion is a crime against the unborn child are "regressive" and want to "to roll back decades of progress." Not everyone feels that Roe vs. Wade initiated an era of progress. Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the decision, bitterly repented her role in the case and spent many years of her later life trying to atone for her actions, as she describes in her book Won by Love.Even Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, considered abortion an evil. She wrote: "Although abortion may be resorted to in order to save the life of the mother, the practice of it merely for limitation of offspring is dangerous and vicious...Some ill-informed persons have the notion that when we speak of birth control we include abortion as a method. We certainly do not."
It is true that Sanger was a staunch eugenicist who contended that philanthropy becomes dysgenic when it encourages the reproduction of people who "are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent entirely upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."
But she was quite categorical that abortion had no place in her project: "Birth control is the conscious control of the birth rate by scientific means which prevent conception. It is not interference with life after conception has taken place." Moreover, Sanger felt that "in an abortion there is always a very serious risk to the health and often to the life of the patient," and that "conditions arising from such operations are quite likely to ruin a woman's general health."
There is nothing either progressive or Christian about the killing of the unborn child as a means of birth control.