March 2, 2007

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We must take a stand for sanctity of all human life

I have had Catholics, who know I am pro-life, tell me that although they believe abortion is wrong, they don’t think it is any of their business to tell others they can’t have one.

They say they wouldn’t do it themselves nor would they want their children or grandchildren to have an abortion, but it isn’t their place to tell others it is wrong. They say forcing your values on others is being judgmental, and Jesus told us not to be judgmental.

If that is what it is to be judgmental, why is it it illegal to kill a baby after it is born? Isn’t it just as much forcing your values on others to make it illegal to do that? It is still the same baby before it is born with the same little hands and feet, and the same sweet, little face.

It is a grave injustice to intentionally kill an innocent human being. It isn’t judgmental to do all in your power to stop an injustice of any kind. Not only is it not being judgmental, it is our calling, our obligation, as Catholics to fight against all injustices.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, our nation has been engaged in a battle to stop terrorists from the unjust, intentional killing of innocent human lives in the name of God. Thus far, more than 3,000 of our military men and women have bravely fought and died in this battle.

When the last pages of history are written, their heroism should never be forgotten. Their sacrifice stands for the noble cause of protecting and defending against the intentional taking of innocent human life.

At the same time our nation is engaged in this struggle, there are 4,000 innocent human beings being intentionally killed every day in this country by abortion.

In the last election, many people voted to stop the war in Iraq. I can understand that sentiment. War is awful. Where would we be now if that sentiment had prevailed during World War II? How many more Jews would have died? What would the world look like?

The terrorists didn’t vote. They won’t stop killing innocent people to promote their views. Pulling out of Iraq will only increase their ability to hit us again by increasing their power and influence in the Middle East. Pro-abortion politicians are the same ones who don’t think the war against terrorists is worth fighting.

Abortion and terrorism have at least one thing in common—the intentional taking of an innocent human life. One is justified by denying that human life is there; the other claims the ends justifies the means.

In the Bible, I read a verse where God offers humankind a choice. He said we could choose life or death.

As our Declaration of Independence states, human life is a God-given, inalienable right that should be protected and defended. Or we can choose the intentional killing of human beings at our discretion.

Either we hold human life sacred or we don’t. The next election is that choice.

Win or lose, it is our opportunity to take a stand for the sanctity of human life.

-Sandra Dudley, Sunman

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