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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Threat to life is a growing trend

On Jan. 21, we in Bemidji will commemorate the 44th anniversary of the dreadful Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy in our country. We will hold our annual march for the sanctity of life starting at noon in front of the Beltrami County Courthouse with speakers to talk about life issues.

In 1973, while this decision was first handed down, I remember people talking of the “slippery slope.” Meaning that if this becomes the law of the land, other threats to life will follow. Sure enough, we now see life-ending abortion centers in hundreds of cities across America. Taxpayers subsidize Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million plus a year. We have a robust menu of options for abortions, from surgical to chemical to contraceptives that act as abortifacients (these chemicals or objects cause the lining of the uterus to reject the fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterine wall, thereby causing an abortion, or death, of a developing human). We’ve learned how Planned Parenthood is selling baby body parts for profit, further exploiting the parents of these babies. We have not seen large-scale infanticide of live-born children yet, but one abortionist (Kermit Gosnell from Pennsylvania) was thrown in prison for killing born alive babies, claiming he was just finishing the job of an abortion. There are other abortionists under investigation for the same crimes. It is a growing trend.

The quest to end human life goes on from there. Five states currently have legal euthanasia (or physician-assisted suicide). There is legislation in many states, including Minnesota, to legalize euthanasia. Who has ever thought of killing a person as an act of mercy? What it actually is, is murder. If you want to show mercy to someone who is suffering, help alleviate their suffering. We have doctors and medicine to do that. The slippery slope has changed our culture.

Giving people comfort and hope for each day is what they need. The pro-life movement seeks to do just that. We live in a society of broken families and hurting people. It seems all of us, in one way or another, have been affected by the life-ending trends in our culture, and we suffer deeply and usually quietly. The pro-life movement seeks to heal the broken and hurting among us. Consider coming to the march and being part of the pro-life, healing movement.

Elizabeth Upgren