Who Will Support Children Bearing Children?

(11/13/2002)

Dear Editor, Regarding the following comments made by Alvin Engelke in the "Creston News", posted November 12th, 2002: It was noted that several of those defeated supported baby killing (called "pro choice"). It seems that many protestant Christians joined with the Catholic church to condemn politicians who support and promote the barbarians who own and operate the abortion parlours.

The primary reason abortion is legal is because of the coat-hanger-on-a-kitchen-table butcheries that occurred prior to the Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. I appreciate the debate but the determination to have an abortion is a personal decision - a "choice". I know of many children in Calhoun County, under the age of 18, who have had or are having children. Tell me, who is going to support the child bearing a child, and who is going to support the child's child? In most cases, especially in this part of the U.S., it will be our tax dollars. Additionally, these children bearing children are probably not going to finish high school, go to college or even attempt to obtain employment. All involved face a bleak future. If these children do not have the support structure at home that could have prevented the pregnancy, then where is the support going to be afterward?

Instead of placing blame on pro-life politicians and "the barbarians who own and operate the abortion parlours", Mr. Engelke should perhaps address the real problem: apathetic parents. It is a no-brainer that this procedure remain in the hands of medical professionals, just as it is a no-brainer that parents pay attention to their children. Mr. Engelke, in my humble opinion, you need to get your head out of the sand of your ideal world, where children are beauty queens and scholars, and look at the reality of today's world. You are an exemplary parent with a fine family, but realize that you are the exception rather than the rule.

Finally, I have one question for Mr. Engelke. Where is the outrage from yourself and the "many protestant Christians" for the Catholic Church's policy on "punishing" the Catholic perverts, called Priests, for sexual child abuse?

Robin Goodwin
Ravenswood, WV
rojorobin@hotmail.com