Sanger's legacy

| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“Frightening” was my reaction to Chaleigh Craft's Sept. 17 column lamenting “Margaret Sanger's unhappy birthday.”

Since Roe v. Wade (1973) legalized abortion, the progressive, pro-choice movement has worked to prevent unborn children from obtaining legal standing. Abortion-rights advocates claim the unborn have no legal status.

Yet, there is no physiological difference between a pre-born and a newborn. Developmental differences, yes — physiological differences, no.

All of the biological components for a human exist in the unborn.

So why does a change in geography from inside the womb to outside the womb suddenly endow personhood?

In desensitizing ourselves to the death of the unborn, we desensitize ourselves to the deaths of the newborn. The recent trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of killing a woman and three newborns post-delivery during abortion procedures, demonstrates the slippery slope from abortion to infanticide and from infanticide to institutionalized genocide as a matter of public policy.

In the USA in 2010, there were more than 31,000 gun-related deaths but approximately 1.13 million abortions. And 55 percent of those abortions were performed on minorities. Yet, there are those that want to abolish citizens' Second Amendment rights with the justification “if only one life is saved.”

Margaret Sanger, who founded America's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, would have agreed with Soviet dictator Joe Stalin: “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”

David A. Scandrol

Lower Burrell

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