Kathryn_Jean_Lopez_by_Gage_SkidmoreThe frightened teenage girl. The single inner-city mom who has made some bad choices and doesn’t quite know what she can do. The 20-something on a career track whose boyfriend is not up to the task of fatherhood. The busy young couple that determines it is not the right time. These are all real scenarios, involving real fears, influenced deeply by a culture that pretends abortion is a quick fix, a solution to a problem.

The health of not just our citizens but our national soul demands that we do a better job, that we work hard to foster and nourish life, both in the womb and outside of it. It’s the only way to ensure a society that lives up to the ideals it was founded upon….

In the wake of the Gosnell verdict, we cannot be satisfied with merely moving on or even simply knowing that Congress has now made moves toward investigating what’s happening in abortion clinics across the nation.

… The nation needs to [examine its conscience] right about now, knowing that infanticide happens, and in the cleanest clinics and hospitals, not just in a Gosnellian nightmare.

Here, perhaps we could consider that even the word “abortion,” which occasionally creeps out from under the euphemisms, is a euphemism in itself, similar to the military’s use of “collateral damage” to mean dead civilians. We all know what’s really happening here.

~ Kathryn Jean Lopez, Amarillo.com, May 20

[Photo by Gage Skidmore, via wn.com]

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