The title of Ken Rolheiser’s immensely powerful post today is, “Children without names” [www.carlyleobserver.com/community/religion/children-without-names-1.24310419].
So what does the following list of 50 names have in common?
Zelma, Keli, Tereasa, Kathlyn, Kay, Santina, Anastasia, Luci, Suzy, Davida, Les, Tricia, Norma, Lorelei, Rochel, Tess, Margy, Vickey, Lilia, Marvis, Ozella, Gertrudis, Efrain, Michell, Saran, Mabel, Theresa, Selma, Rina, Ena, Emerald, Bobbie, Letitia, Viki, Florine, Stefan, Mariette, Jessenia, Daine, Layne, Jerri, Rhonda, Luciano, Pok, Bill, Theresa, Claudine, Maire, Cicely and Jeanene
Well, they are ordinary names, yes. But they are, Rolheiser reminds us, “only 50 names” when
The World Health Organization tells us that every minute, 139 babies in the world die of abortion. I repeat, 139 babies die every minute.
These remain nameless statistics. But they are more than that. They are people who could have been named David or John or Anne or Ken.
I don’t know exactly why but “nameless statistics” struck me so hard but it did.
After all we talk all the time about the “voiceless” unborn child.
We rarely omit the “pain” of the unborn child when we speak.
But “nameless” and “statistic” strike different chords.
A name recognizes our individuality and our uniqueness. Why would you name somebody—some “thing”—you have utterly dehumanized?
Even when abortion advocates move pass trivializing preborn babies as “tissue,” it is alien to them to contemplate the little ones as fellow irreplaceable members of the human family. “Nameless” also reminded me of how angry pro-abortionists are that we would require humane disposal of the bodies of aborted babies.
Naw, we’re told, their remains are “medical waste,” no different than “paper towels, wipes, gloves, syringes without needles, bandages or dressings with small amounts of dry blood or fluid, and any other material from medical care.”
“Statistic”? Russian mass murderer Joseph Stalin is crediting with saying, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” In his deep cynicism, he understood how we can be overwhelmed by sheer numbers, losing the truth that each one of those million was a single death.
I thought of Stalin when I read, “When we stop to think about the World Health statistics, it is mind blowing. A total of 73.3 million abortions per year. That can equal the population of Canada, Australia and Cuba. And that is in one year only.”
Rolheiser ends his post by quoting Jeremiah 1:5.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Each and every one of us is “set apart.”
None of us is a number.
None of is nameless in the eyes of God.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.