Letters to the Editor

Outcry should mourn pregnancy loss

Recent opinions about impending Iowa legislation protecting preborn life from a “heartbeat” to childbirth prompted outcries. Reproductive rights advocates and medical OB/GYN programs at the University of Iowa claim to be threatened. So excepting to save the life of a mother, should such programs continue to be taught to safely kill? Traditionally doctors vowed to do no harm. If we, our medical industry and lawmakers cannot amend our values, teaching and practices to support life among the most helpless humans, then we have become heartless.

How tragic when “reproductive rights” supersede an unborn baby’s right to “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” I applaud legislative measures that assume a heartbeat means life to be legally protected. A person who has a heartbeat has a heart and one who has a heart is a human.

Those who cite gender and racial discrimination ignore about half of abortions kill females and all kill babies. Nearly a third of abortions in the United States are black babies even though blacks are only 12 percent of the population. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “How can ‘the Dream’ survive if we murder the children?” Abortion begins the ultimate abuse, discrimination and destruction of human life. So much for the freedoms of 57 million aborted babies in the United States since 1973.

If there is any outcry, it should be mourning for nearly 20 percent loss of the past two generations. We all began with conception and a heart. May all who have a heart, please let beating hearts still beat.

Tim Bickel

Cedar Rapids

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