M. Beaudoin: We should feel ashamed

I recently was privileged to witness a miracle, my fourth in six years. I was able to share in the joy of a new life entering this world.

As I held my newest grandchild, I was awestruck once again by God's magnificent creative power. I was moved with joy seeing the excitement and love of two new parents as they beheld their new daughter.

Yet, even as I held this precious girl and thought of all the wonders and adventures that await, part of me was saddened as I thought of all those children who weren't allowed to experience life or love.

In the past several weeks I have read about the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. I've read about advocates celebrating the right to choose abortion — a staggering 45 million, and counting (source: Guttmacher Institute).

I have to wonder ...  how? How do we, as a nation, allow such things to happen? How do we boast about the right to life, liberty, and happiness, while callously taking that right away from so many? How do we elect leaders who not only agree with such atrocities, but vigorously defend, and even fund them?

How do we talk about protecting our children and planning for their futures while looking the other way as other children's futures are stolen from them?

How do we look at ourselves in a mirror and not feel ashamed?

It's time to ask ourselves these things, and seek God's forgiveness.

Mark Beaudoin, Hanover

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Jason Theriault's picture

It didn't legalize abortion

Roe v Wade didn’t legalize abortion. It enforced privacy. The state does not have a right to tell you what to do with your body. It cannot say “You have to support a fetus in your womb.” This is why the line for abortion is around viability. Because, before viability, the baby won’t survive, so the mother’s health is paramount. But once the baby is viable, it’s well being gets considered as well, and the only option is usually delivery.

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Right on

Right on


The parent lottery

Ironically, those of us who believe Roe vs Wade to be necessary also want our babies to be warmly welcomed by a loving family just as your grandchildren experienced. We know, however, that not all babies win the parent lottery. Some women are just not fit to be mothers because they are addicts, or criminals, or they are physically or mentally ill. Forcing these women to give birth will not give a fetus a happy home. There are also teen mothers who are the victims of abuse and incest and they could not welcome a baby either. Some pregnancies are dangerous and sometimes deadly. There are 11 conditions that can kill a fetus, a mother or both. Some mothers have to make difficult choices such as whether to bring another child into the world when they don't have the resources to take care of the ones they have or to have a rapist's baby. . Personally, I pray every day that God will give mothers the courage and resources they need, but when He doesn't then I am realistic enough to know we need to allow them another choice. I realize that adoption is another choice but not one that always works either. It isn't enough to care about the fetus or the zygote. A real Christian would care about the well-being of mother and child as well.


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