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March 07, 2007

Many are vulnerable, suffering

I am responding to the letter from Kathy Sneed (2/27) about baby Amillia Taylor, who was born very premature and survived.

The millions of malnourished, sick and neglected children currently enduring life on this globe would be glad to meet someone who believes, as Sneed claims, that “the tiniest among us deserves a fighting chance.”

Perhaps she has not seen Kevin Carter’s photograph of a vulture stalking a starving Sudanese girl? Does she fit into Sneed’s moral parameters?

I volunteer at Spofford House. It does not atone for the atrocity Carter photographed. Yet it is better than arrogance — which has apparently bled Sneed dry of her sensibilities, perhaps her compassion.

It is obscene that millions of dollars and empty platitudes such as Sneed’s feed abortion politics instead of hungry and hurting people.

To be pro-life is to direct resources to all of humanity, not just unborn babies. It is shameful to assume pro-life means anything else.

Kelly Mathews
Liberty

Comments

nosheepleallowed

What about Pro-Father legislation....OOOOPS! There is no profit in that.
It is all about poltical gain, profit, power and mass indoctrination.
I am 100% against social programs that do not work.

openmind

Tiny Amillia Taylor is a living example to all mankind of what is lost when a woman has an abortion"

"Why does a baby have to be murdered most cruelly to save the mother’s life"

"there are other ways to prevent the mother’s death than to purposely kill the baby"

I will grant you that these statements are up for debate, but you seem to think that whatever you think is true, is true. Also, I think if you work that study into the gay marraige debate, you will have all of the issues covered. I have no problem with someone explaining other options prior to abortion, and I dont think most liberals do. I do have a problem with some peoples desire to make decisions for others.

That study may very well be true, but I would still like to take a look at it (the study itself and not the book). One concern is how much of that charity conservaites have is tied to their churches (i.e. you have to be preached to in order to get help).

jack

Could it possibly be that neither side in this is absolutely right? Nah, that would require admitting that no one amongst us is able to know the absolute truth.

I am the father of a child who was adopted. I was there at his birth. I signed the adoption papers. I never even got to touch him. I walked out of the hospital, my arm around his crying mother, knowing that his "new parents" were in a side room waiting for us to leave so they could take "their" baby home. I spent many years learning to live with this. His mother never has. She has spent many years trying to destroy herself over it (and mainly succeeding).

Regardless. it was the right choice, at that time, for his mother and I. Does that make his mother and I superior to someone who chose to end their pregnancy? Not in my eyes. In that situation there is no "good" choice.

In some situations, and not just Presidential Elections" there is only a choice amongst several painful options.

To those of you who comfortably sit pointing fingers and judging whether there "should have been" a pregnancy, I say this, "So what? There was a pregnancy and we did the best we could. It is past time for you to get down off your pedestal and have some Christian compassion."

To those of you who say, "The government should take care of all the problems associated with a pregnancy", I say this, "The only way to have the government solve all problems is to give the government all power. Do you really want that?"

To those who say that all associated problems should be solved through the free market and charity I say this, "If there isn't enough charity available, should we let the baby die? That is what you are proposing."

Sometimes it isn't either/or. Sometimes the c-section might kill the mother. Sometimes there is no simple answer.

Engineer

Is there anything that Kathy Sneed said that isn't true? But if you dare suggest that there are choices other than abortion, you call down the thunder on your head. On the otherhand, conservatives are more likely to make contributions to charitable causes than are those on the left. The left wants all those good things, to which they geve lip service, done by funds fron tax revenues raised by taxes on those who make more than they do.

openmind

"Someone writes a sweet letter about a premature baby surviving..."

While I agree that Mrs. Mathews is rather presumptuous in her latter, I think it is equally laughable to call Mrs. Sneed’s letter simply "a sweet letter about a baby surviving." It was most definitely using that baby as a means to make a point about something else, in a less than sweet manner.

“Tiny Amillia Taylor is a living example to all mankind of what is lost when a woman has an abortion"

"Why does a baby have to be murdered most cruelly to save the mother’s life"

"there are other ways to prevent the mother’s death than to purposely kill the baby"

"She’s made a mockery of the entire abortion-rights movement..."


Chris40

Jeff,

Can you point to a sentence or word in Ms. Sneed's letter that would lead you to draw those unkind conclusions about her? Someone writes a sweet letter about a premature baby surviving, and Mathews feels the need to rip her in a letter to the editor. Why the hositility?

Jeff H

That came across far more harsh than I meant it to. But my basic premise stays. You can't be "pro-life" if you are opposed to laws or programs that can save and/or improve life.

Jeff H

I can help, or at least try to, for those who would listen and haven't already pre-judged.

What Matthews' letter is attempting to convey is, far too many of those claiming to be "pro-life" are in truth nothing but pro-birth. And not even always that. They are the same people who think that prenatal care should not be guaranteed to every pregnant woman. They are the same people who vote to cut medicare and medicaid. They are the same people who think that WIC is unimportant. They are the same people who think that it is an invasion of personal "rights" to ban smoking in public places (where the second hand smoke can adversely affect the unborn) or to ban smoking around children or when you are pregnant.

In other words, if your only concern is to get abortion banned, and you are opposed to other measures that would save and improve life, then the term "pro-life" is not just a misnomer, it is a flat-out lie.

Ms. Sneed is doing nothing more than using a premature baby to bash proponents of a woman having some say over what medical procedures happen to her own body.

Stifled Freedom

Concern about the real victims (on either side) is all smoke and mirrors. They dont care.

Most political activists (and politicans too) seek success in thier "cause" for personal ego gratification....nothing else.

mike d

I wonder if Kelly would still feel this way if the baby's name was Amillia Matthews?

kcstar_is_one_sided

Makes no sense. I've read them both three times. Kelly has an axe to grind and uses any perceived slight to grind it.

Chris40

"Yet it is better than arrogance — which has apparently bled Sneed dry of her sensibilities, perhaps her compassion."

WTF? I have no clue how Mathews' letter is a response to the letter Sneed wrote. Can someone help?

Text of Sneed's letter:

Tiny Amillia Taylor is a living example to all mankind of what is lost when a woman has an abortion (2/22, A-6, In brief, “Preemie heads home”).

This little baby was obviously a human being when she was delivered by emergency C-section, and medical professionals treated her as such. For those who still say the heinous act of partial-birth abortion is necessary when a mother’s life is at stake, here’s one more thing to consider: Why does a baby have to be murdered most cruelly to save the mother’s life?

Little Amillia teaches us that if there truly is a crisis, there are other ways to prevent the mother’s death than to purposely kill the baby. The doctors should treat both patients, mother and child, with the human dignity and compassion they equally deserve.

God bless this little miracle, Amillia. May she shine as a beacon of truth. She’s made a mockery of the entire abortion-rights movement, and she has shown the entire world that even the tiniest among us deserves a fighting chance.

Kathy A. Sneed

Belton

 
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