Letter about I’m paying attention…
To the Editor,
Kathie Haynes correctly states (FCJ, May 16) that there are “many, many personal reasons why someone would choose to abort a baby.” There are also many reasons why a mother in Mabel may want to kill her kindergartner or a criminal in Canton might want to murder that mother. Presumably, Ms. Haynes is in favor of laws that protect the life of the kindergartner in the one case and the mother in the other. Death of the pre-born is the only “choice” Roe v. Wade recognizes, and the baby has no choice in the matter. Every abortion destroys at least one human life. The destruction which over 65,000,000 abortions has inflicted on the physical, mental, spiritual, and financial health of our nation is incalculable. Forty percent of abortions in our country result in the death of African-American babies. These Black lives matter. So does every other life lost. We will never know what each of these lives would have contributed to our community and nation. So also if a mother was murdered or a kindergartner was killed. None of them has a say in the “choice” that was made for them. Overturning Roe v. Wade will not make abortion illegal in our state, but it will return the debate about the nature and value of human life to the People and to our elected Legislature. This issue is much more complex than a woman’s choice. Many lives are affected by each abortion. To answer Ms. Haynes’ question: Yes, I am paying attention. I’m encouraged that Ms. Haynes uses the term “baby” and our President uses the term “child” to describe what is destroyed by abortion. But this is progress only if the next step is “Love your neighbor – mother and child – as yourself.”
Rev. Loel Wessel
Spring Valley, Minn.