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May 12, 2014

Readers’ Forum: May 13, 2014

Pro-choice same as pro-abortion

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, was asked, “When does life begin?” by a news reporter. The mother of three children, Richards finally answered by saying, “For me life begins when a child is born.” In other words, the large, stretched stomach of a pregnant woman contains only a blob called a fetus, not a life, until it becomes a baby.

Contrast this with the Word of God: Job, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declared, “You guided my conception and formed me in the womb (Job 10:10).”

Jehovah assured His Prophet Isaiah, “I have carried you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born (Isaiah 46:3b, 4).”

The Prophet Isaiah himself testified, “The Lord called me before my birth; within the womb he called me by name. … And now the Lord speaks — the one who formed me within my mother’s womb to be his servant (Isaiah 49:1 b).”

King David declared, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).” In another place he stated, “I’ve trusted you, 0 Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you (Psalm 71:6).”

The creator God informs mothers and fathers, by King David: “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 127:1).”

Two sides in this issue are pro-choice (not pro-abortion) and pro-life. Those who are pro-life do not favor the taking of pre-birth life under any circumstances at any time. Politicians and others who favor abortion under all or some circumstances favor pro-choice. They say pro-choice includes all who favor abortion as well as those who oppose it. Pro-choice is simply giving a woman the choice to bear or abort her unborn child.

Actually, pro-choice is pro-abortion. Why? Because, although you disapprove abortion, you are declaring those who favor it have the right to do it. Not to disallow abortion is to allow it.

For the conservative, pro-life Christian, the issue is not a woman’s right to privacy under the 14th Amendment, but a baby’s right to life under the sixth of the Ten Commandments which is “Do not murder (Exodus 20:13, NLT).”

God help America for playing creator God and advocating mass infanticide.

— William A. Van Winkle, West Terre Haute

A plea for food to help needy

In the midst of all the political issues and candidates being raised to public awareness, I would like to raise a concern of a more down-to-earth nature.

There are many good charities and agencies to help the poor and needy in Terre Haute. One of them is Mother Hubbard’s Pantry, an outreach ministry of  14th and Chestnut Community Center. Although this ministry was open two days a week until not so long ago, they had to cut back to one day a week because of lack of food. On a recent Tuesday, after assisting more than 55 families (over 90 last week), many shelves were bare.

As a concerned citizen, I am asking readers to donate. Canned fruits and vegetables are needed, along with soup, canned meats and any other basic staple (non-perishable) food items. This is not an empty plea. Many times the volunteers purchase food with their own money to help out. If there is not enough food, doors will be closed and people will be turned away.

During the holiday season, there were many large donations, but those have dwindled as the holiday spirit of giving fades into the past for another year.

It is easy for those of us who have enough to eat, live in a home that is warm in winter and cool in summer, and have adequate clothing to understand how it is to have no food. Let me assure you, it is a real state of being for many in Terre Haute. During the winter months, some walked in sub-zero temperatures with less than adequate clothing, just to get some groceries for their families.

For the skeptics our there, yes, some people do take advantage of the system and all the free stuff they can get. It isn’t up to us to weed them out. That is God’s job. Ours is to make sure that we do our best to treat others kindly, as we would want to be treated, or as we would want our loved ones to be treated in similar circumstances. A donation of one or two cans of food from each person who reads this would fill the shelves to overflowing.

So, if you have enough, please share with those who do not. Donations can be dropped off at the food pantry on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. across the parking lot from 14th and Chestnut Community Center. A heartfelt thank you to all who answer this plea.

— Lois Little, Terre Haute

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