Speaking for the unborn children
We Americans often consider ourselves champions for those too weak or oppressed to stand up for basic rights clearly given and protected by a combination of natural and divine law. Our founders recognized that God has given us all certain rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which form the foundation of our liberties.
One group forbidden to enjoy these fundamental rights is also the most helpless and the most forsaken in our society today, unborn children. They cannot speak in defense of their own cause.
These children cannot tell you that even before birth, they deserve the same natural and divine rights enjoyed by those of us who were not aborted. A child in utero is recognized as a person under both state (WV Senate Bill 146, 2005) and federal (Unborn Victims of Violence Act) law as a legal victim separate from the mother if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of certain crimes.
This basic belief is also supported by God’s law which states that if an unborn child dies as a result of a blow to the mother, then a life for a life is required (Exodus 21:22).
These children cannot tell you that the Hyde Amendment does not prevent state funding of abortions, and that state Medicaid funds are being used to pay for those abortions. In 1993, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in Women’s Health Center, Inc. v Panepinto that our state must offer public Medicaid funding for abortions. West Virginia is one of only 15 states which require state tax money to pay for abortions.
These children cannot tell you that rape, incest and the health of the mother are not the only circumstances in our state under which a woman may qualify for a state funded abortion. Our state abortion policy is one of the most liberal in the United States and allows for “medically necessary” abortions for certain physical, emotional, familial, psychological, or age factors.
Abraham Lincoln once stated that the Civil War was God’s judgment on our nation for slavery. These children cannot tell you what His judgment will be on us for taking their lives by the millions before they are able to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Stephen M. Kirby
Speaking for the unborn children
- Our Readers Speak
Submit your opinion to Our Readers Speak section
The Register-Herald welcomes your opinion. Please e-mail your letters, through your computer's mail program, to email@example.com or via the postal service to: Our Readers Speak, P.O. Box 2398, Beckley, WV 25802.
Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The idea for this country, contained in our founding documents, was revolutionary and brilliant, and it was about limited government, property rights, self-reliance and self-determination — which makes it a conservative concept from the start.
Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Learning to enjoy the taste of eating right
Delegates try to make life hard for old people
Our Readers Speak — Monday, March 10, 2014
Campaign spending, term limits needed
Our Readers Speak — Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thanks for perfect Valentine’s Day
Our Readers Speak — Saturday, March 8, 2013
Class AAA Region 3 seeding was correct
Small businesses suffering from HIT
Our Readers Speak — Friday, March 7, 2013
Thanks to ambulance crew, ER doctor, staff
Our Readers Speak — Thursday, March 6, 2014
Groundhog predicts economy and weather
Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, March 5, 2014
New mayor’s actions are surprising to reader
Our Readers Speak — Sunday, March 2, 2013
All is not well with our beloved nation
- More Our Readers Speak Headlines
- Submit your opinion to Our Readers Speak section