55 million dead Americans; do they matter?

America is missing at least 55 million people--that's the estimated number of abortions performed in the United States since this historic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court in 1973.

They will be remembered on Sunday at the  "March for Life Chicago" that this year marks the 41st anniversary of perhaps the worst Supreme Court decision since the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford decision.

Fifty-five million. That's almost 20 percent of today's population. Talk about genocide.

But for the extremists in Planned Parenthood, Illinois Personal PAC, ACLU and other absolutist outfits that support the ideaLife that an unborn child can be killed for any reason, (an idea made real by the combined Roe and Doe decisions) those 55 million aren't  people. They're not even mourned for the loss of potential life.

Yes, some of them tragically gave up their lives because their existence threatened their mother's life. (The health of the mother is cited as the most important reason for having an abortion for only 4 percent of all abortions.) Yes, some abortions were performed because the child is a "product" of rape or incest. (Rape and incest combined amounts to less than 0.5 percent of the top reason for having an abortion. Yes, the possibility that the child would develop health problems if allowed to be born is another reason. (That's the top reason in just 3 percent of the cases.)

Being too young to have a child, not being able to afford a child, relationship problems, getting forced to have one by a spouse or boyfriend--those all are reasons enough for many to have an abortion. And those are serious concerns. And difficult choices.

But millions and millions more are for matters of convenience or simply a choice of lifestyle. That number is hard to estimate, but if its only, say,  10 percent of all abortions, then 5 million Americans have given their lives for the convenience or lifestyle choice of someone else.

That apparently doesn't bother a whole bunch of Americans. Children in utero or even a "potential human beings" have no meaning to them. They won't be missed. They'd have nothing of value to contribute to the community or nation. We'd be better off because the planet already is too crowded or they'd be a "drain on society." So, get rid of them.

I'll be accused--again--of being heartless, of not caring about a woman who is forced to make a difficult choice. I'll be told that if I don't want an abortion then I should not get one.

As if there is no one else involved in this matter of pure "choice." Making the millions and millions of problems (not persons, mind you) disappear, as if they were never people who ever existed? Now, that's heartless.

If you have a heart, you might want to march with the thousands in witness of the lives that were never allowed. Here are the details:

March For Life Chicago: Pro-Life Advocates Gather in Loop Sunday

Proclaiming Sanctity of Human Life and Marking Roe v. Wade Anniversary

 WHAT: 9th annual March for Life Chicago, including rallies at the start and culmination

WHEN: Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. Central

WHO: Pro-life groups and individuals from throughout Chicagoland, and Midwest

WHERE: Assembling at Federal Plaza, 50 W Adams, Chicago, MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/Zu1lI,

marching to James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/zpzQC

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.MarchForLifeChicago.com

Speakers including Francis Cardinal George and Congressman Dan Lipinski, along with WLS personality Dan Proft and Relevant Radio’s Sheila Liaugminas who will emcee the rallies at the March start and culmination.

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  • My buddy and one of the last genuine Chicago newsmen, Dennis Byrne, has wriiten one powerful assessment of the loss of American greatness beginning in 1973 with the worst rulling in Supreme Court History.

  • High praise from Chicago's best blogger.

  • Respecting the sanctity of life should also mean advocating strict gun regulations, opposition to capital punishment, and war as a last resort.

  • I respect your seamless garment approach, as advanced by the late Cardinal Bernardin. I, too, oppose capital punishment and would only go to war as a last resort. I'm not sure how you define "strict" gun control, but I'm for reasonable restrictions. Among them is a ban on assault weapons, background checks and many of the regulations on the books. I don't think that a ban on handguns in your own home is workable or reasonable. On concealed carry, I'm undecided, if I might be allowed.

  • On the flip side of the argument, could country handle another 55 million people? How many of those people would be on welfare or go without food or health insurance.

    If those people were born, they would still need to be cared for in some manner until they were 18.

  • In reply to Richard S.:

    That's a scary argument. There's not enough room on the planet or in America, so some people should leave, or should never have come in the first place. I assume you're for shutting down America to any more immigration, legal or otherwise. Of course, that's not far from what what Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood said:

    "Many, perhaps, will think it idle to go farther in demonstrating the immorality of large families, but since there is still an abundance of proof at hand, it may be offered for the sake of those who find difficulty in adjusting old-fashioned ideas to the facts. The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. The same factors which create the terrible infant mortality rate, and which swell the death rate of children between the ages of one and five, operate even more extensively to lower the health rate of the surviving members."

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