February 14, 2014

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were printed this week; here is the letter from last week:

How about a human life index?

Reflecting on the recent 41st anniversary of the horribly misguided Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision somehow permitting the destruction of innocent human life in the womb, I feel that perhaps we might consider an index of sorts to quantify the human carnage wrought by this judicial ruling.

I would suggest an ILL (Innocent Lives Lost) index—a simple measure of the millions of defenseless human beings in the womb eliminated in the nation’s “legal” abortion mills since 1973.

While members of the nation’s highest court may wince at the ILL numbers, it remains incomprehensible to me that in 1973, the highest court in the land could so easily trump the most fundamental right of all—the right to life—without seriously confronting the equally fundamental question of when human life actually begins.

Based on the most recent assessments, the aggregate ILL index since 1973 is about 56.6 million human lives lost.

To lend some perspective, that total infant death toll since 1973 by all “death providers” is approximately 18,000 times the death toll in the 911 attack, 1,100 times the lives lost in the Vietnam conflict, and 35 times all U.S. highway deaths over the past 40 years.

If there is any positive news in these numbers, it may be that the current yearly ILL numbers have been decreasing over the past 20 or so years to a current level of only 1.2 million lost lives per year. Before celebrating however, it might be noted that number exceeds the population of the largest cities in several western U.S. states.

We have eliminated more than 56 million human lives whose lost potential is known only to God. Surely this nation—blessed beyond any others by God—must confront and put an end to this abominable stain on the national soul.

- Dr. David A. Nealy | Greenwood

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