Letter: Abortion and social planning
I am writing in response to a recent letter from Jamie Smith regarding the abuse of children by parents and other adults. Ms. Smith indicates that she is a mandatory reporter with a degree in education. Her letter outlines a litany of problems, both in education and society, and claims the primary cause of child abuse is "unwanted pregnancies." She states that unwanted, abused children are a "burden on society" and offers abortions as a solution, mourning the reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision.
I, too, was a mandatory reporter for 10 years as a school bus driver after my retirement and later as a religious education instructor at my parish. Either position requires training to be able to recognize signs of child abuse with a mandate to report possible abuse.
I am shocked that some of our educators continue to support Margret Sanger's idea that abortion is the solution to rooting out the "human weeds" of society, the children of minorities and the poor. It is these very ideas that are perpetuated by Planned Parenthood and other organizations that profit by taking the lives of unborn children.
Science, such as genetics and molecular biology, have proven that a unique human life begins at conception. Although dependent on the mother's body for initial nourishment and protection, the fertilized egg is not part of the mother's body but a living human being carrying the genes of both parents.
Two wrongs never make a right.