Dear Great grandchildren,
I write this letter to you in answer to a question that you may ask 50 or 100 years from now. In your reviewing the evil of my generation, you may wonder "what were you thinking to allow such injustice?" I have asked that same question of my ancestors who experienced gross violations of the civil rights of the weaker in the name of personal rights of the stronger. My questions related to slavery and white supremacy of the Nazis. My subsequent "enlightened" society now certainly sees those as repugnant.
I am sure that your society will wonder how my generation allowed the legalization and public financial support for the killings of millions of unborn babies. Please know that I opposed this most egregious violation of their civil rights by articulating the following:
1. We have determined that death occurs when the brain is not functioning, respiration is insufficient for life, and the heart ceases to beat. The corollary is that life exists when the brain is functioning, respiration occurs, and the human heart beats. Medical data indicates these occur at 8 weeks after conception. Yet, those who believe in unregulated abortion (euphemistically called "pro-choice") choose to ignore and suppress that truth.
2. Pro Choice readily accepts the legal paradox that demands prosecution of manslaughter for a person who physically abuses a pregnant woman so severely as to instigate a miscarriage. Yet accepts and even celebrates women whose actions instigate the same result.
So, my dear descendents, when you look back on my time and ask "what were you thinking?" please note that I did oppose abortion. The social consequence of my opposition will generate letters challenging my intelligence, sentimentality, commitment to women's healthcare, political and religious beliefs. In every age there will be challenges to the civil, moral, and legal rights of most vulnerable. It is my prayer that you will stand for the weak no matter how difficult that may be.
Finally, remember, it is our Christian faith that encourages solace, love, and mercy to all women who have sorrowfully chosen abortion in their past.
Timothy J. Pagana, M.D.
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