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Your Letters: 52 million victims of abortion

On Jan. 22, we will remember 38 years of victims of abortion in the United States. Fifty-two million babies have been killed by abortion since 1973 and 555,000 of these were in Minnesota. That is, if you just count the baby as a victim but really there are at least two victims, the baby and the mother. Fathers and siblings and other family and friends can also be affected by the act of abortion.

In comparison, since the Revolutionary War, approximately 1.3 million have given their lives in some branch of the military to either protect our country or the interests of our country. What are the interests of our country? Well, the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

This is the question. When does human life begin? Theological considerations are critical to each person individually but cannot be imposed on other non-believers in our culture. I do not mean to minimize religious conviction. The value, dignity, and right to life of each individual which has been a hallmark of and lies at the core of western culture, is at least in part, directly related to our Judeo-Christian heritage.

Even if a person did doubt the presence of actual human life in the uterus at a particular time, what would be the fully human way to go? Perhaps a guide then would be how we have always treated other human life when there has been a doubt that it exists. Would we not resolve a doubt in favor of life? We do not bury those who are doubtfully dead. We work frantically to help rescue entombed miners, a child lost in the mountains, or a person trapped under a collapsed building. I make the suggestion that the truly human thing to do is give life the benefit of the doubt.

The anti-life side of this issue has been presented in its fullest by all of our public media. This letter is an honest effort to present the pro-life side of the abortion issue. It is time for all who value human life to make their voices heard. The hour is late.

Bob Roggenkamp