This was not fake news. I only wish it were. It was all too real.
I had clicked on a local news broadcast to catch up on the day’s happenings. The first report shocked me. In one year, one hundred people had died as a result of domestic violence in the Commonwealth I call home. The magnitude of the tragedies was difficult to fathom.
A subsequent news report stated that more than 3,700 residents of my state had died from drug overdoses in a single year. Staggering. Horrifying.
A thought then crossed my mind–a statistic I had found in a Pennsylvania Department of Health report. Some 31,818 precious preborn children had died in PA in 2015 as a result of legal abortion. To my knowledge, that statistic had not been mentioned on a local news broadcast since it was released some months ago.
The equivalent of the population of an entire city is wiped out in one year–and it escapes the notice of those reporting the news.
This reflection is not meant in any way to minimize the tragedies caused by family and partner violence and drug overdoses. As people who fervently believe each life has inherent dignity and value, we know the loss of a single life diminishes all of us.
The point is simply, contrary to popular belief, that abortion is the most under-reported issue of our time. Why?
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Part of the answer to this lies in the tragic truth that much of society denies what abortion actually is–the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable, infinitely important human life. A being with separate DNA from the mother–who is often a different sex from the mother–is a human who deserves protection, love, and respect.
It is vital to point out that, thankfully, abortions are on the decline in Pennsylvania–as they have been across the U.S. PA’s abortion totals are less than half what they were before the advent of a protective law–the Abortion Control Act–which requires informed consent, parental consent, a 24-hour waiting period, and bans the discriminatory practice of sex selection abortions.
Still, those 31,818 citizens who perished at the hands of abortionists should and must be remembered.
Don’t they deserve at least a 15-second mention on the evening news?