I just returned home from the funeral of my father, a family physician from Mexico, Mo. My sadness was heightened when I read The Star’s front-page article about LeRoy Carhart, who is to replace the late-term abortionist, George Tiller (8/30, A1, “Doctor takes up Tiller’s mission”). What a sorry day for our country when we champion abortion and call it a “mission.”
My dad stood for quite the opposite: a “mission” for life. He was a man who not only delivered 1,300 babies but also cared for many of them throughout their lives. In his retirement, he set up a crisis pregnancy center and counseled women and girls suffering from the trauma of abortion.
I thought preserving life was what a doctor’s “mission” was about. Obviously, the Hippocratic Oath has long been forgotten.
I choose to champion my father, a man who had a “mission” for life, a “mission” for life from conception to natural death.