Letters to the Editor

ARGUS LEADER, 8/7/2008

In response to Sara Bendt’s July 20 letter in the Argus Leader: I regret that the only arguments you have heard are one-sided, apocalyptic propaganda.

The issues are two. 1) Do you believe that it is the moral obligation of law to do no harm? 2) Do you believe in Jefferson’s wondrous phrase “… unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and are you willing to follow that it is the obligation of elected officials of government to protect the “inferiors” from the will of the “superiors?” Inferiors and superiors in this context refer to those without power and influences as opposed to those with power and influence.

1) In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decided in favor of Roe because no argument was made on when life began. Had the argument been made, they would have found in favor of Wade. Life is not an issue of location. To use an analogy, in essence the justices said: “Two men go deer hunting, and after waiting for a while, one of the men hears some rustling in the brush. Not knowing whether it is a deer or his fellow hunter, it is OK to shoot.”

2) The foundations of laws in this country are based on ensuring that the rights of the inferiors, that rights cannot be denied based on race, creed or national origin, that voting rights are not limited to men – equal opportunities for all. Yet we have the law, or actually the absence of laws, to protect the most innocent, the most inferior in our society.

If no one else will speak for them, then let South Dakota be the loudest voice. Let us, regardless of what we are for, lend our ears to hear. Let us not bicker over the tired rhetoric of apocalyptic propaganda or women’s rights. Let us seek the truth. This issue is not the law of the land. It is the absence of a law of the land. The Supreme Court struck down a law and left the question unanswered, that is the problem. Let South Dakota take the lead, then regardless of your position, you need not fear the outcome.

DAVID M. MAVITY
Sioux Falls

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Silent No More

‘Silent No More’ Women Urge American Psychological Association to Examine Latest Abortion/Depression Study

STATEN ISLAND, NY,Aug. 8 /Christian Newswire/ — Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world’s largest network of women and men harmed by abortion, said today that the American Psychological Association (APA) needs to consider the latest major study from Norway that clearly shows a link between abortion and
subsequent mental health problems.

“Next week the APA may adopt a new report on the link between abortion and health problems such as depression,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of SNMAC. “New research from Norway reconfirms what women across America already know all too well – abortion doesn’t end your problems, it creates new ones.  The APA needs to ignore political pressure and report the truth about abortion’s painful aftermath.”

The Norwegian study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, questioned 5,768 women between the ages of 15 and 27.  It concluded that young adult women who undergo induced abortion may be at increased risk for subsequent depression.

“Abortion is not just a life terminating experience for the baby, it’s a life altering one for the mother,” added Georgette Forney, another co-founder of SNMAC. “The APA cannot continue to ignore study after study and pretend that eliminating a child from your life is consequence-free.  It will be interesting to see if a pro-abortion bias will continue to trump science and women’s realities when the psychologists meet next week.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 200 gatherings in 44 states and six countries where more than 15,000 spectators have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects.  More than 4,100 people are registered to be Silent No More.  Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life.  For more information, please visit our website:
www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org