Forgotten?

January 25, 2018

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

59,000,000 is a large number, approximately one sixth of the population of the United States. It is also the approximate number of unborn children that have been killed since the historic Supreme Court case that legalized the killing of the unborn in this country. If that doesn’t make you sad, then I don’t know what will. About seven of every ten children conceived with Downs Syndrome are killed in the womb. In some parts of our country a child conceived in the womb has only a fifty-fifty chance of being born.

This year marked the 45th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. and what coverage did it get in any of the media. All of the newspapers I checked didn’t even mention it, not even on the last page. Our major television stations gave a minimum amount if any coverage to the tens of thousands of protestors who were in the U.S. Capital to march for the life of the unborn this past weekend. There was no memorial service for the millions of unborn killed.

Yet, these unborn deaths are not forgotten. They are remembered by their mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers. I can’t tell you the numbers of mothers and fathers who grieve the loss of their unborn child. They remember the date, the time, the trauma. They can tell you how old their child would be today, what grade they would be in, and imagine what they would look like. In tears, they tell me that they look forward to the day when they will see their unborn child in heaven. All regret their decision to abort. For none of the parents was abortion an easy choice.

Even some of those who profess to be Christian seem to have little regard for the unborn, speaking of them as the “product of conception”. We continue to use euphemisms, such as women’s health, to promote abortion. Even if we agree that children conceived as the product of rape or incest could be killed, only one in fifty abortions is for that reason.

Perhaps it would be good if we took the body of Jesus off the cross and put the body of an aborted child in its place. “Whatever you did to the least of my people, you did it to Me.” “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us!” Numbers used in this article are from the Columbia magazine.

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