Letter to the editor: Op-ed missed mark on pro-life goals
Tara Murtha & Susan Frietsche’s op-ed “Nothing ‘pro-life’ about overturning Roe v. Wade” (Jan. 12, TribLIVE) misses the mark on anti-abortion goals.
It begins with the subtle rhetorical move of “pro-life” in scare quotes that is often used to assert the absurd idea that the very people attempting to save lives are really the ones responsible for violence. The violence perpetrated against women and their children by opportunistic abortion providers prior to the Roe v. Wade decision is, of course, a horrible part of our nation’s past. However, it does not justify the continued violence against our children by abortion providers.
Every single human being deserves to live free from violence — including the violence of abortion. Every life lost as a result of abortion is a tragedy, whether they be women, children or the handful of abortion providers that have been murdered by anti-abortion terrorists.
The authors ask what is pro-life about overturning Roe v. Wade? I have to respond, what is pro-choice about ending the life of a human being who didn’t choose to die?
The writer is director of communications for Rehumanize International, a Pittsburgh-based human rights organization.