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Letters: Rethink nation's view of abortion

5:28 PM, Oct. 18, 2013  |  Comments

My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Europe. In Poland, we toured the remains of the World War II concentration camp Auschwitz. An estimated 1.5 million people were systematically killed there. Auschwitz was very sobering.

Walking through the various buildings, I couldn't help but ask myself, "How can this happen?" How could a government intentionally and systemically destroy those people? The Nazis were certainly focused on their mission to eliminate so-called "undesirables."

I couldn't help but realize that the world continues to follow similar patterns. Consider the genocide in Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan and other places. Think of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. President Barack Obama seemed particularly disturbed that children had died in Syria.

While we have our challenges in the United States, I love our country. However, how different are we from some of the examples mentioned? Over 55 million unborn babies have been legally aborted in 40 years. It may not appear as intentional as the places and situations cited, but I invite you to reflect on that.

Our Supreme Court has established the law of the land that we can legally terminate the lives of unborn children. Attempts by lawmakers of different branches of government to reduce or eliminate legal abortion have had minimal impact, although saving even one life is worthwhile. These attempts were often thwarted by lower courts.

Our federal and state governments have ensured access to abortion by helping fund Planned Parenthood (the primary abortion provider), including coverage for abortion in insurance proposals and providing aid to places around the world to expand abortion access.

We may want to ask ourselves, "Are our approaches to abortion as intentional and systematic as what happened to people in places like Auschwitz? How can that happen here?"

Steve Vande Hey,

Kaukauna

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