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Pitts' column unfair to pro-life movement


Date published: 4/1/2014

Pitts' column unfair to pro-life movement

Leonard Pitts' March 25 commentary ["Spare some moral outrage for the born, too"] is in itself outrageous.

His desire to lay blame for child abuse outside the womb at the feet of those who decry the ultimate child abuse before birth defies both facts and logic.

My involvement with the pro-life movement over the past four decades has introduced me to some of the most caring, selfless people I have ever known.

They adopt, provide foster care and serve the elderly and infirm in their communities. They typically are involved with many other wonderful ministries and social service agencies as well as financially supporting causes well beyond their local churches.

What Mr. Pitts fails to recognize is the hardening of our society since abortion on demand was legalized in 1973 in the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions.

For more than 40 years, our nation has endured the massacre of millions of innocent children in utero. Simultaneously, we've witnessed increased child abuse, sexual assaults, murders and more.

As surely as abortion stops a beating heart, our collective silence on child abuse, in and out of the womb, hardens us as a society, foreshadowing an even greater disrespect for human life as we begin to consider the financial costs of an aging country.

The voices for the defenseless before birth are the same voices Mr. Pitts would hear defending the vulnerable at every stage if only he would listen.

Sadly, he chose to smear and accuse to advance the narrative that suits his politics rather than doing his journalistic homework by actually getting to know the very voices he decries.

Dan Donehey

Spotsylvania