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MARTIN HENRICHS: Innocents deserve to be memorialized

MARTIN HENRICHS: Innocents deserve to be memorialized

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A new year’s resolution by Amity Shlaes, presidential scholar at King’s College in New York, as reported by Peggy Noonan in the Jan. 3-4 Wall Street Journal:

“Cause the forgotten to be remembered.”

At the time of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 23, 1973, America’s opinion makers argued that legalizing abortion would solve the great problems of America — unwanted pregnancies, overpopulation, back alley abortions, crime and poverty.

But as it turned out, the decision was a perfect example of the proverb, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Any law not grounded in morality, order, consensus and clarity is bound to fail.

As a history teacher, I was troubled by the tactics used by pro-choice advocates. Their propaganda was similar to what Nazis used to justify the slaughter of classes of people — Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, mentally and physically handicapped and dissenters.

Roe v Wade was based on a lie, and people will believe any lie if it is repeated often enough. The radical feminist rant, “It’s my body” drown out public discourse, and the child with a beating heart within the womb would be subjected to inhuman treatment in America.

By 1993, the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I was so distraught about my early support of abortion that I put feelings into words with this poem wrenched from my soul:

On the 23rd of January, '73

Church bells tolled in the land of the free,

Ringing out messages of misery

For millions of babes denied destiny.

The bells rang ever more ominously,

Marking the start of a crime rate spree.

Murderers, rapists, burglars, three

Said, “I am,” counts more than for you “to be.”

But the sound was hushed in many a home.

Infertile couples sat mourning alone.

Missing the pleasure of a baby’s tone --

Laughing, crying and attention prone.

The old, the weak, the mentally blown

Heard silent screams from clinics unknown,

Wondering when the strong would phone,

Offering them passage to their heavenly home.

Oh, God, what a holocaust we have created!

Worse than Hitler’s and Stalin’s and others we’ve hated.

Can we wake up and stop it by raising our hand

In support of all who want LIFE in our land?

Now, in an ironic twist, the pro-abortion lobby accuses conservatives of waging war against women. But who has been relentless in destroying millions of potential grandmothers, mothers and daughters aborted during 42 years of Roe v. Wade? These innocents were completely helpless and deserve to be memorialized with sorrow and contrition.

Martin Henrichs is a member of Lutherans for Life and may be contacted at The opinions are the writer's.


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