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Life After Birth
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When at eighteen weeks of pregnancy, I saw my son on a black and white screen in a darkened room, I was in a state of complete amazement. I saw his hands, his feet, and his beautiful beating heart. I wanted immediately to protect him and shelter from any seen or unseen harm that could befall him. And it was then, and only then, that I fully understood the emotionality, complexity and intensity of protecting the unborn. But I am not alone. If one was to do an Internet search on abortion, the results would yield hundreds of thousands of websites that scream their positions on the subject, both for and against. The more I read from web sites dedicated to the subject, the more I feel a nagging question tugging at the back of my mind: What about the born? 

It seems that while there is an abundance of righteous indignation regarding abortion, it almost disappears when those babies are born into this world. Should we not care just as intensely about human life at all stages?

Hunger, Drinking Water, Malaria 

This coming year millions will die from hunger. Millions more will die from unsafe drinking water. One of the world’s greatest destroyers of human life in history, malaria, will kill an estimated three million precious lives this coming year. And yet there are few groups screaming about this preventable outrage. At presidential debates there is no questions as to what the candidates plan to do about malaria, although the body count will rise by the millions year after year. Query Google about malnutrition in the third world, and you receive results from non-governmental organizations and humanitarian groups. Curiously missing are the groups who railed against abortion and correctly hailed life as being sacred.

It is high time that those of us who describe ourselves as pro-life live up to our label. Our silence on sanctity of life at all stages and in all places is a severe indictment of our duplicity. The stage of life should make no difference in the extent to which we try to protect it. 

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