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Wake-up call on abortion

Recent indignant letters to the editor decrying graphic (vile?) anti-abortion pictures posted along the Bloomsday race route make one wonder when (if ever) it’s appropriate anymore to bring the ugly practice of state-sponsored murder to the public’s attention.

Most of us would find the idea of another individual acting essentially as judge, jury and executioner against us immoral and abhorrent. Yet, for the most part as a convenient substitute for sexual responsibility by both genders, we annually allow thousands of the unborn to be put to death without a second thought. Our complicity in denying the right to life to others so vulnerable is beyond shameful.

Maybe cutting through the numbingly abstract legal and moral hair-splitting associated with this topic via pictures of the troubling carnage that is the modern-day abortion industry isn’t such a bad thing after all. This is a wake-up call that needs no snooze button.

David Fietz

Springdale, Wash.


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