Babies' deaths in 2010 go unchallenged

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"A deadly year" read The Augusta Chronicle's Jan. 2 headline -- 38 dead by the hands of others in "one of the worst years for homicides in Augusta."

Rightfully, we should regret those tragic, violent and deadly events. But the great concern for these deaths reflects the priorities of our society at large in Augusta and in the nation.

Where are the headlines for the hundreds of abortions in Augusta in 2010? For the million-plus killed nationally? We have huge charitable and government programs for the disenfranchised, the poor, the defenseless and the underprivileged that reflect our righteous concern. But there is little concern relatively for the most defenseless of our society.

The unborn are in every sense fully human. They are not potentially people or those having future "personhood." One must reason fancifully to justify abortion, just as the Supreme Court did in its reference to "privacy" and some sort of penultimate legality. If one thinks otherwise, then apply the same reasoning to the murders listed in The Chronicle to justify the perpetrators.

The right as well as the left is just as guilty. The right has divided political concerns into economic issues and social issues. That also is fanciful reasoning. For a small sum, a life that would have immediate and considerable consumer impact, and later powerful earning potential, is removed from those economic realities. Multiply those economic impacts by some 50,000 on the local economy and 50 million nationally to see how this "social" issue is one of the most important economic issues on the modern scene.

To borrow from the Bible, "Righteousness exalts (a city and) a nation." Killing does not, whatever its form -- especially when it is legal. The government of Augusta is concerned about economic issues and homicides. I suggest they be as concerned about our unborn being children, not "choices."

Ed Payne, M.D.

Augusta

(The writer is a retired Medical College of Georgia associate professor.)

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Jackson
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Jackson 01/06/11 - 03:09 am
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Abortion is legal. I'm not

Abortion is legal. I'm not saying I'm for it but you can complain all you want but until the laws are changed your complaints fall on deaf ears. The Supream Court is the only one that can change this law. The way the court is set up at the moment abortion is going to be legal for a long time to come. I don't know what the answer is.

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Sideshow Bob 01/06/11 - 04:35 am
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The supreme court is NOT who

The supreme court is NOT who can change the law! They don't have the power to change a law, just to rule that it is constitutional or not. CONGRESS can pass a NEW law regarding abortion.

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soldout 01/06/11 - 08:05 am
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The sowing and reaping for

The sowing and reaping for abortion is huge. It creates a spirit of death and makes all life cheap. I believe this reaping extends to those who vote for those who promote death. Why would a voter trust someone to care for them when that someone doesn't even care for an unborn child. How someone feels about abortion tells you all you ever need to know about their character. You haven't judged them but they have told you who they are and how little they appreciate life. It is an issue that defines who we are, whether we want it to or not and determines the future of this nation. The Bible says there is a reason for everything when it says; the curse without a cause will not come. For every good and bad trend in this land there is a cause therefore a way to stop the bad whenever we choose to do it.

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dani 01/06/11 - 10:21 am
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Jackson..abortion might be

Jackson..abortion might be legal, but Dr Payne's message is that until we, the people, demand changes the abortions will continue. The law can and should be changed. Judges are human and can be wrong too, you know,and - as we know - very often are.

dani
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dani 01/06/11 - 10:25 am
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The very people who made the

The very people who made the "letting children go hungry" accusations will be the first defending the taking of a precious life.
Look in the face of a new born and tell us it should have never been born.

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charlie marlow 01/06/11 - 10:44 am
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Is the answer to make

Is the answer to make abortions illegal or is it to make them almost unheard of? For me, the answer is to provide sex education, provide cheap or free contraceptives, make adoptions easier, and provide adequate support apparatus such that an unexpected pregnancy is not a ruinous event in a young person's life.

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follower 01/06/11 - 01:19 pm
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Please read this: Those that

Please read this:

Those that are pro-choice will tell you that it is a womans "moral right" to do with her body as she wills. But consider this: If a plane crashes and some die and others live, there are those that call into question God's moral character, saying that He has chosen some to live and others to die on a whim; yet those who are pro-choice say it is their "moral right" to choose whether the child living within them should live or die. Does that not sound odd to you? That you have the moral right to decide who should live or die?

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Jane18 01/06/11 - 06:32 pm
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Don't some of you find it

Don't some of you find it strange that these pro-choice people are some of the same people that talk against the death penalty? Talk about priorities....I've come to realize there is not an ounce of common sense or a moral sense in any of these people. Say what you want, but abortion IS premeditated murder.

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Dan at The Scott Daily Post 01/06/11 - 07:33 pm
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My wife was watching one of

My wife was watching one of those Teen Mom episodes and on this particular show, the girl got pregnant again and decided to have an abortion because she didn't know how they could handle 2 kids. When the teenager was talking to the nurse and wondering what she should do, the nurse told her, "Don't think of it as a baby, just think of it as a bunch of cells."

I left the room disgusted.

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usapatriot 01/07/11 - 01:27 am
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“Abortion is advocated only

“Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.”
Ronald Reagan

“We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.”
Ronald Reagan quotes

"Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.” Ronald Reagan.

Mother Teresa said:

"The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."

Kathy Ireland says, "I used to be pro-choice."

While appearing on the TV show "Politically Incorrect," Kathy Ireland participated in a debate about abortion "rights" and whether or not Florida should approve "Choose Life" license plates. Kathy is against abortion and she defended babies in the womb by saying: "I was once pro-choice and the thing that changed my mind was, I read my husband's biology books, medical books, and what I learned . . . At the moment of conception, a life starts. And this life has its own unique set of DNA, which contains a blueprint for the whole genetic makeup. The sex is determined. We know there's a life because it's growing and changing."

too bad it didn't include Bill Maher's reply.

I can remember my wife's miscarriage back in early 80's. I still wonder what that child could have been.

Just like politics divides this country, some of you will always devalue life for your BELIEFS. Not because YOU are carrying that child, but because you want the woman to have the ability to let it die.

But then again, you support Obamacare "end of life panels". No denying that that is there.

That is a belief system without morality. You live with that and I'll fight you tooth and nail on my beliefs. I don't think I'll see you in eternity. Not the one I'm going to anyway.

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