Letter: Pro-life more than anti-abortion

Your article in The Advocate regarding the Jan. 12 Louisiana Life March to the State Capitol was welcome coverage of the people’s outpouring of demonstrative sentiment against our society’s callous indifference toward human life.

However, it was sad to see how Baton Rouge’s premier news outlet yielded to the standard Associated Press’ glossary requirement that the term “anti-abortion” be substituted for “pro-life” in so literally vital an issue, thus coloring it in a negative way. In fact, those who are pro-life are pro-life during the entire period of a person’s existence, from the very beginning of his or her life at fertilization until its end at natural death.

I was at the rally myself, and, although the word “abortion” was necessarily used in the wider context of being pro-life within our society’s current antagonism to developing life in the womb, I do not remember anyone using “anti-abortion” during the talks given by the religious, legislative and other pro-life leaders present. Yet “pro-life” only appeared in The Advocate article in the context of an attempted criticism by the seven counterprotestors who were on the rally’s sidelines.

There is no valid medical or biologic argument that a developing child in a human mother’s womb is anything but human, yet 55 million-57 million such unborn children have been aborted in the United States since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Roe v. Wade decision of 40 years ago — in Louisiana, over 448,000, including almost 9,000 in 2011. In that ruling, the court conceded that, upon establishment of the humanity of the child in utero, its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions would fall.

In fact, however, the earliest beginnings of human life began to be well understood scientifically as long ago as about the time of the Declaration of Independence, when Lazzaro Spallanzani first showed that both egg and sperm are needed to create a new life. All additional medical and biologic information acquired since, including, most recently, that from genetic and DNA analysis and even from the examination of aborted fetuses (Latin for “young ones”), has totally supported that earliest humanity.

In being pro-life, one necessarily has to be against abortion, but repeatedly casting those who are pro-life, and pro-life rallies such as the one Jan. 12, as only being against abortion, unfortunately promotes an anti-life agenda unworthy of a responsible press interested in presenting the truth.

W.A. Krotoski, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., president

The Hippocratic Resource

Baton Rouge