To the editor:
When Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, abortion became the lawful decision to terminate a pregnancy, which means terminating the life of an unborn child. In the United States alone, approximately 1.21 million abortions were performed in 2005 and the abortion industry made a profit of more than a billion dollars.
Abortions aren't really solutions. They don't offer women the opportunity to embrace a situation with strength and courage, but rather run from a situation with hurt and guilt. There are other alternatives. A woman could raise her baby or place the baby for adoption. Adoption may seem like a scary thing. Trusting your baby's fate in the hands of another person is frightening, but what kind of fate is abortion for that baby? Women should consider this alternative and see adoption as a loving act filled with hope for her baby, for the adoptive family and for the birth mother as well. There are many organizations, like A.I.M. Women's Center in Steubenville, dedicated to helping women make strong and courageous decisions.
I'm 13 years old and in the last few months I've learned a great deal about how abortion affects the lives of women and how we as a society are allowing women to terminate their pregnancies. How can we live with the fact that more than one million abortions take place every year in this country? It breaks my heart. I recently joined a group called the Pro-Life Youth Congress, which is dedicated to "Building the Culture of Life in which human life is valued and respected during all of its stages." (www.prolifeyouthcongress.com) This group is locally directed by Nathan Coleman of Steubenville. Being a part of this group has really changed my life. I've learned to respect life and how important it is to defend it. I feel like I'm making a difference in the world.
Little girls don't dream of growing up and having an abortion. No one plans to have an abortion, but hearing that more than a million abortions take place every year tells us that something is wrong and keeps going wrong over and over again. How long will this nation let abortion overtake us? How long will we let the wrong of abortion keep happening?
Alicia M.D. Libetti