in a mother's womb.
While these re-United States do not hold first place on the planet for infanticide in the name of that most ironic of all euphemisms -- "family planning" -- (The People's Republic of China, neither of the people nor a republic, holds that dubious distinction); one million, three hundred thousand human lives are ended each year in America in aborted pregnancies.
The Colonel knows that, of the five of you who regularly waste valuable rod and cone time perusing posts hereon, there may be one of two who strenuously disagree with the Colonel's pro-life, anti-abortion stand. The Colonel respects your right to that opinion, however misguided and delusional it may be. And, the Colonel writes the last with all the love and compassion he can muster in the shrivelled, over-worked lump of barely viable tissue that is his heart.
However, while those who sincerely cling to the contemporary canard that there is a constitutional right to privacy that by extension provides a right for a female citizen of these re-United States to chose whether to allow the birth of the child she carries in her womb are indeed entitled to their own opinion, they are not entitled to their own facts.
Here are the facts:
1. Life begins at conception.
Were the foregoing not universally accepted as scientific truth, the entire basis for the scientifically-accepted theory of the origin of life on Earth would have no standing. The Colonel will not bore you with the interminable details, but suffice it to say that a human child in the womb exhibits as many, or more of, the essential characteristics of life as exhibited by the simple organisms touted as the origins of life on Earth.
2. Life, no matter how low the condition, beats the alternative.
To piously intone that "a child who will not be loved should not be brought into this world" is to assume a sure knowledge of the entire future of that child from birth to death. The Colonel has known many who felt they were "not loved" by their parents, some of whom endured horrific abuse at their parents' or other's hands, but whose adult lives were veritable miracles of productivity and loving acceptance by others.
3. The vast majority of aborted pregnancies are a matter of temporary convenience.
Less than 5% of all abortions conducted in these re-United States are for cases of rape or incest, or to protect the health of the mother. The remaining infanticide is just that, inexcusable infanticide.
4. Right-to-Life/Choice is not a politically left or right issue.
The most damning and most ignored fact in all the heat and light generated over the abortion issue is that the rate of incidence of abortion in these re-United States is nearly identical whether you are talking about a mother who self-identifies as a conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, or Independent. And, there is no difference "churched" or "un-churched."
The last is the point at which the Colonel has turned to whatever congregation to which he has belonged (nearly 20 in his life, thanks to that over-zealous travel agent--Uncle Sam) and not-so-gently said,
"Put your money where your mouth is!"