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Hannah Kenney, Hawley, Minn., Published February 28 2013

Letter: Let us take stand for human life

I was horrified and deeply saddened to hear of the tragic murders of the 20 children and seven adults on the morning of Dec. 14, and I’m sure everyone in the Fargo-Moorhead area felt the same way. But did you know that nearly a kindergarten-size class of innocent little humans are killed by abortion every week right here in downtown Fargo?

People can talk about a “woman’s right to choose,” but God has given each human being life at conception, and it’s not up to us to decide when a fellow person – no matter how small – should live or die. I am a 22-year-old woman, and in no way do I condemn the women who find themselves in tough situations. Instead, I believe they should try to find help from one of many resources that can give them support and encouragement during their pregnancy and beyond. My four younger siblings are all adopted, and I believe that adoption is one wonderful option for a woman who finds herself unable to care for her child.

Exodus 20:13 says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Science has proved that life begins at conception – therefore, abortion is murder. Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, stated, “I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception ... human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood ... (and) any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life.”

A person is a person, no matter if he/she is an unborn 3-week-old who is already pumping blood throughout the body or one of those “beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” as President Barack Obama said in his address to the nation regarding the shooting in Connecticut. Let’s take a stand for life in our community.