To the editor:
Wednesday, March 6, marked the beginning of the Spring 2019, 40 Days for Life campaign. This is a 40 day period of prayer, fasting, and community outreach to end abortion. It began in College Station, Texas, in 2004 and since 2007, has spread throughout the world. It takes place twice a year.
“If you have been listening to the news, you know that New York has recently passed a law allowing the killing of the unborn child, for any reason, up to the moment of birth. The New York law states that an abortion may be performed at any stage to “protect the patient’s life or health.” The definition of health is so vague and can be so broadly interpreted beyond just issues of physical health, that it literally allows abortion up the point of birth.
Other states are planning on doing the same. This is mind-numbing! How do you wrap your mind around this? How can *anyone* think this should be allowed? And beyond this, the United States Senate has decided that if by some miracle a baby survives an abortion, that baby will be left to die and be given no medical assistance. This is infanticide! This is not a Republican or Democratic issue, this is a *human* issue. Surely we can come together as human beings to protect innocent life!
In 46 of our 50 states, felony punishments have been handed out for animal abuse - yet we legally allow the torture and death of our unborn children - in fact, some applaud it.
So please, during these 40 Days: Pray - at home or in front of the Emma Goldman abortion clinic in Iowa City, especially on Thursdays, when they perform abortions. Fast - there is true power in fasting for a cause. Reach out - to anyone you know contemplating an abortion, offering them help and hope. Call or write your legislators. These laws must not stand.
Americans are guaranteed, in the Bill of Rights, the right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Why is life listed first? Because without life, nothing else matters!
- Karen Crossland, President of Jefferson County Right to Life