Letter to the Editor – Child Abuse and Abortion

Letter to the Editor – Child Abuse and Abortion

You might be aware that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month which gives the pro-life movement the opportunity to discuss abortion in a somewhat unique context. Tomorrow, Salem News will run my attached letter to the editor in print and on-line. The text is below.

I hope that the readers’ main takeaway will be Ohio Right to Life’s consistency: that we oppose all forms of aggression against all innocent life—born and unborn. Hopefully, it will inspire readers to adopt the same consistency.

As always, thank you for your consideration, and I welcome your feedback!

My best,


Katherine McCann

Public Relations Manager

Ohio Right to Life

88 East Broad Street, Suite 620

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614/547-0099, ext. 304



Right to Life opposes all forms of aggression against life

To the editor:

Your recent editorial, “Battle continues against child abuse,” gave a

compassionate defense to the victims of child abuse. Some might say that

you “gave a voice to the voiceless” by encouraging communities to protect

some of the most vulnerable children in America.

As you said, “Children can’t make the call, so somebody has got to do

it.” But I’m afraid that our nation is failing to make this call in more ways

than one. Unfortunately, this is because Americans still disagree over

who is considered “human.”

Interestingly, the Administration of Children and Families (an arm of

Health and Human Services) included “the unborn” in its 2012Maltreatment

Report, where it analyzes child abuse across the United States. I

find this inclusion interesting because so many Americans contest the

personhood of the unborn. This report considers the abuse of unborn

children, but does not account for the harm brought by abortion.

According to numbers from the Guttmacher Institute, if the report did

consider abortion, an additional one million lives would be counted in

the “Physical Abuse” category.

Your editorial noted that 70 percent of children who die from child

abuse are under 4. I would add that 25,473 pre-born children in Ohio lost

their lives to the abuse of abortion in 2012.

Some might not think of abortion as “child abuse,” and indeed, many

actually go so far as to call it a “right,” despite the long-proven fact that

the developing child in the mother’s womb is a distinct person with

unique DNA.

In analyzing child abuse, what we really need is consistency. Neglecting

or refusing to include abortion as a form of abuse (and, in fact, murder)

is inconsistent. It is neither fair nor rational to say that hurting (or

for that matter, murdering) an unborn child in one circumstance is abuse

and, in another circumstance, is a right.

At Ohio Right to Life, we aim for consistency in opposing all forms of

aggression against innocent human beings, born and unborn. As a nation,

the U.S. should do the same.



Public relations manager,

Ohio Right to Life,


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