To the editor:
Your recent editorial, "Battle continues against child abuse," gave a compassionate defense to the victims of child abuse. Some might say that you "gave a voice to the voiceless" by encouraging communities to protect some of the most vulnerable children in America.
As you said, "Children can't make the call, so somebody has got to do it." But I'm afraid that our nation is failing to make this call in more ways than one. Unfortunately, this is because Americans still disagree over who is considered "human."
Interestingly, the Administration of Children and Families (an arm of Health and Human Services) included "the unborn" in its 2012 Maltreatment Report, where it analyzes child abuse across the United States. I find this inclusion interesting because so many Americans contest the personhood of the unborn. This report considers the abuse of unborn children, but does not account for the harm brought by abortion.
According to numbers from the Guttmacher Institute, if the report did consider abortion, an additional one million lives would be counted in the "Physical Abuse" category.
Your editorial noted that 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. I would add that 25,473 pre-born children in Ohio lost their lives to the abuse of abortion in 2012.
Some might not think of abortion as "child abuse," and indeed, many actually go so far as to call it a "right," despite the long-proven fact that the developing child in the mother's womb is a distinct person with unique DNA.
In analyzing child abuse, what we really need is consistency. Neglecting or refusing to include abortion as a form of abuse (and, in fact, murder) is inconsistent. It is neither fair nor rational to say that hurting (or for that matter, murdering) an unborn child in one circumstance is abuse and, in another circumstance, is a right.
At Ohio Right to Life, we aim for consistency in opposing all forms of aggression against innocent human beings, born and unborn. As a nation, the U.S. should do the same.
Public relations manager,
Ohio Right to Life,