The Ottumwa Courier

February 2, 2013

We have become a culture of death


FAIRFIELD — This past week, Jan. 22, 2013, marked a sad date for our nation. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court, in their decisions of Roe vs. Wade and its companion case, Doe vs. Bolton, made the killing of our unborn children legal during all nine months of pregnancy.

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 innocent children were killed in Connecticut — an unbelievably horrific and heart-wrenching act. Yet we should be as equally horrified about abortion as we are about the murder of innocent grade-school children. Each day in the United States, over 3,000 children are aborted, and in the last 40 years, over 54 million children have been aborted.

Since 1973, we have been told that we have the “right” to choose — to choose whether we allow an unborn child to live or to be put to death. This “right” has caused us to lose respect for life at its most innocent state, and this has resulted in a loss of respect for life at all stages.

We have become a culture of death. We must stop the slaughter of our unborn children. It is a “holocaust” that is taking place legally in the United States. The Supreme Court was wrong in its ruling on slavery, and it is wrong in its ruling on abortion. One of the 10 Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill,” and everyone knows that is what happens during an abortion — an unborn child is killed.

If we as a country continue to disregard the life and rights of the unborn child, we can expect to see more acts of violence against the human person — at all stages of development.

Jill Watson

vice president

Jefferson County Right to Life