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Ken Koehler, Published February 06 2010

Essays reflect passion

Each year the L.I.F.E. (Life Is For Everyone) Coalition of the Fargo-Moorhead Area sponsors a youth essay contest regarding the sanctity of human life. Youth seem to have a way of seeing the truth of things that adults sometimes conveniently overlook. This is certainly reflected again this year in their essays; of which I have selected portions of their passionate statements that follow:

“I think that abortion is an inhumane, wicked thing. Mother Teresa once said, ‘The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,’ and ‘If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” “People are so concerned about choices; but what about the innocent child? What choices does he or she have – none at all.” “Who are we to choose which child should live and which child should die?”

“Every year there are about 1,200,000 abortions performed in the United States. Each abortion is an act of killing a human.” “It’s a living child from the moment of conception. At 18 days the heart of the baby begins to beat. By the sixth week the baby has arms, legs, fingers, toes and a working brain.” The baby, even at this stage is alive and is a human.”

“God hates abortion because the amazing gift of life which He has given to us is being rejected when an abortion is performed. In Psalm 139 we read ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.’ ” “God commands us to defend the weak and helpless. In Proverbs 24 it says ‘Rescue those being led away to death.’ ” “We must protect the unborn by making others aware of how terrible abortion is.” “If a woman is not able to take care of her child, adoption is always a better option that abortion.”

“Abortion affects everyone. We can go as far as to say that abortion affects our society by destroying how highly we think of life.” “The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these is the right to life! With each abortion we go against what we say we live by.”

“I ask you to at least educate yourself about abortion; but I pray that you would inform others also. So write a letter to your senator and voice your concern, support and volunteer for our local First Choice Clinic, and most importantly pray! It could change someone’s choice; it could save a life.” “As Edmund Burke once said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’. So as good men – let’s do something!”

The essays were read on Jan. 22, the date of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 making abortion legal in our nation. Since 1973 more than 49 million innocent human lives have been lost to abortion. We would do well to listen to the passionate appeal of these youth who have survived legalized abortion. They are among the fortunate ones – for they are still alive to talk about it – and they understand that.

Koehler is a member of the L.I.F.E. Coalition of the F-M Area.