Abortion, slavery victims treated as less than human

To the editor:

George Fisher writes that comparisons between abortion and slavery make him “physically sick.” I wonder how he would hold up watching the movie “Unplanned”? It is the true story of a female Planned Parenthood executive’s switch to pro-lifer, when, after years of selling abortions from the front office, she was called one day to the shorthanded killing room to help out. Abby Johnson watched, for the first time in her life, the horror of a suction abortion. The movie shows the ultrasound of an unborn child in the womb struggling to get away from the probe but being sucked out into the tube anyway. Next scene? Blood pouring into the beaker.

Get sick about that, Mr. Fisher. Abby Johnson did and she is now a pro-life champion. The scenes of her chemical abortion at home, from the severe cramping to the blood pouring out from between her legs are horrendous as well. This shows the violation not only to the fetus but to the woman’s body, designed to give life, to hold onto life. Rip life out and you violate nature, you violate the woman. To say that I can’t comment on this because I am not a woman ignores the fact that I have been a fetus, so I have a stake in the debate. We all do. I advocate for my fellow fetuses.

Mr. Fisher is worried about “back street abortion clinics to open up and have women die due to being forced to use them in place of safe medical clinics.” No, the butchery takes place now in legal “safe medical clinics” on Main Street — forget the back alleys. Witness the now-jailed Dr. Kermit Gosnell. In his Philadelphia clinic, babies who survived abortion were being killed and mothers died from the horrendous conditions. It’s all in the movie Gosnell. Hillcrest Abortion Clinic, Front Street, Harrisburg, closed its doors two years ago because of health violations.

Mr. Fisher says there is no comparison between legal slavery and legal abortion because the victims of slavery “were treated not as human beings, with attendant freedom and liberty, but as animals, human property owned by other humans.” Thank you, Mr. Fisher, for establishing my point. Those same words could be applied to the child in the womb, vis a vis legal abortion.

Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King and a vigorous pro-life advocate, uses the slavery-abortion comparison all the time. A June 19, 2011 article in the Colorado Springs Gazette says “150 years later, the Dred Scott decision still steams Alveda King. Slaves, according to the 1857 Supreme Court ruling, weren’t citizens. Instead, according to the court, they were property. But a second Supreme Court decision — the 1973 Roe v. Wade — riles her just as much.” She is quoted as saying “Civil rights begin with human rights, from conception until natural death for everybody. Now it’s unbelievable that Dred Scott and womb babies have been told they are not human beings.”

The comparison continues with knowing that not only did slavery negatively impact blacks but so does abortion. The pro-life Charlotte-Lozier Institute reports that “in 2016, as in previous years, more African American babies were aborted than were born alive in New York City. Out of 47,718 total reported pregnancies experienced by non-Hispanic black women, almost half — 49% — ended in abortion, while 4% ended in miscarriage and only 47% ended in live births. Among African American women in their 20s, the abortion rate was a staggering 85.2 abortions per 1,000 women.” This must stop. Black lives matter.

I don’t remember the conversation where Mr. Fisher alleges I spoke of contradictions in the Bible. For the record, I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, with any supposed contradictions being paradoxical, i.e., showing apparent conflict that is resolved with proper scholarship and study. Besides, in addition to the Bible, pro-lifers base their stance on sound reasoning, leading even some atheists to be pro-life, such as the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, whose story is similar to Abby Johnson’s. He left the abortion industry and turned outspokenly pro-life, even as he maintained his atheism for years (although eventually converting to Christianity). I pray something similar happens to Mr. Fisher, who now begrudges the existence of children surviving abortions because they are “unwanted.” Let’s not solve that problem by killing them but by working together in finding creative ways of loving them.

Rev. William M. Weary

Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Lewistown

St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Mifflintown