A recent letter in the paper accusing pro-life people of promoting child abuse exemplifies the inability of rabid left-wingers to speak from their heads instead of their politically driven emotions.
The vitriolic accusation motivated me to get to my computer to access the largest source of information in the world. Sure enough, after clicking on my key words, “abortion and child abuse,” a wealth of websites citing authoritative unbiased studies on the topic popped up.
Because child abuse has risen since 1973 when abortion was legalized, most of the studies looked at the incidence of child abuse relative to both mothers who have had abortions and mothers who have not.
Two stand-out studies, excluding miscarriage or stillbirth, family history, and aggression by the woman’s partner, found that those who have had abortions admitted to more frequent acts of physical violence, such as slapping, hitting or beating, directed at their children.
The researchers also found that the link between abortion and child abuse may be influenced by a number of key factors, including unresolved grief, having felt pressured into an unwanted abortion, and disruption in maternal bonding with subsequently born children.
With regard to the writer’s accusation that pro-life people don’t help women, in 2010 alone, Catholic Charities, under the aegis of the Diocese of Venice, helped 40,602 needy people -- men, women, children. Their website has a very lengthy list of areas they provide help in, including food, shelter and medical care to children and their parents. Hundreds of other pro-life groups -- too many to mention here -- are also dedicated to helping people in need. This is the way to prevent child abuse: lead by example.
Planned Parenthood’s example is clearly headed in the wrong direction, and abuses not only children, but women as well.