Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 31, 2012 7:20 AM

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Defending the defenseless

The 2012 March for Life in Washington, D.C., was an important and inspiring event. More than 100,000 pro-life Americans mobilized to demonstrate against the serious moral evils of the 39 years that have passed since the Roe v. Wade decision.

It is the duty of every human person to make a defense for those who cannot make one for themselves. In this principle lies the heart of the pro-life message. Compassion and empathy allow us to view children (and the rest of humanity) properly and not in terms of dehumanizing pejoratives.

There is an excellent quotation displayed on a wall of patrons in the Main Library that reads: "The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries." A substitution of the words "unborn children" for "libraries" makes one evaluate how poorly we, as Americans, have cared for ourselves as a society for the past 39 years.

Hateful partisan rhetoric won't solve the problem, but a reconnection to what it means to be human will.

Jacob Ridler
UI senior

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