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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Abortion effect

Abortion was made legal in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision.  People whose persuasion for life have been known as pro-life proponents, while people who have favored a woman's right of choice to terminate the baby through death have been called pro-choice proponents.  Since the time of the legalization of abortion there have been almost 56,000,000 (56 million) babies who have been put to death through the legalized abortion laws in America.  These are the facts of abortion; without emotion, without science, opinion, debate, spin or religion; simply facts.
 
During the past forty years since the legalization of abortion there have likely been millions of words written about the practice.  Politicians have won and lost their races based on their position on abortion.  Even the Obamacare insurance law is having a difficult time with the issue with the funding of agencies that might intermingle taxpayer monies in their budget that might help pay for abortions against public opinion.  Even with all the words written and politician wins or loses, the effects of a law that elevates the right of a small slice of women in society whose condition places them in a unique position to serve as the Emperor of old Rome at the gladiator games with  thumbs up or thumbs down to take or spare the life of another human being, the full effect of the abortion still has not been felt.  We can only catch a glimpse of the horrific effects simply because of the passage of forty (40) years of cumulative carnage.
 
Think about it in terms of actual loss and the effect it would have on our modern day responses.  We have experienced things in history that have kicked off world wars for our society.  Pearl Harbor was an attack that was labeled by the President as a "Day of Infamy" that prompted Congress to declare war on the aggressors and their axis of powers who teamed to destroy the American way of life.  The significance of the 38th parallel between the Koreas or the de-militarized zone between the two Vietnams showcased wars that claimed thousands of lives.  The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11 that claimed thousands of lives resulted in a ten-year war with Iraq and a continuing war against terror in Afghanistan.  Yet these events pale by comparison to the war being waged against the unborn child in America.
 
Think of the largest city in America; the most populated city in America, New York, New York with a population of 8,336,697 souls.  Imagine if you can, that city being attacked and each and every citizen of that city was completely destroyed.  It would dwarf the attack on 9/11 and would make the news all over the world.  I suspect that it would likely start a war with counter attack on the perpetrator of that attack.  As if that would not be horrific enough, think of the top 74 most populated cities in America.  See the following cities that combined have 55,871,224 people living there.             
 
New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; San Jose, California; Austin, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana; San Francisco, California; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; El Paso, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Washington, District of Columbia; Nashville, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Portland, Oregon; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Fresno, California; Sacramento, California; Long Beach, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; Miami, Florida; Oakland, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Arlington, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Bakersfield, California; Tampa, Florida; Honolulu, Hawai'i; Anaheim, California; Aurora, Colorado; Santa Ana, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Riverside, California; Corpus Christi, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky; Anchorage, Alaska; Stockton, California; Cincinnati, Ohio; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Toledo, Ohio; Newark, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; Plano, Texas; Henderson, Nevada; Lincoln, Nebraska; Buffalo, New York; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
 
What if each and every city listed above with the almost 56 million people was completely destroyed?  Would that make an impact on our American society?  Would the death of that many citizens cause the politicians to make war with the killers?  Would there be anything else in history that would even compare with such a mass death of a society?  Would it be enough to take notice that something in society might be wrong?  Would this horrendous act of human destruction in the 74 largest cities in America go unnoticed because their killing would somehow be declared "legal?" 
 
Of course that idea would be preposterous and would never be considered.  And yet, here we are, 40 years after the United States Supreme Court upheld a decision that killing through abortion was legal.  The effect:  the equivalency of the killing of the entire population of the 74 largest cities in America.
 
Isn't it amazing how logical, rational, reasonably prudent, common sense minds of so many Americans could be controlled by thoughts so bizarre and evil as to actually come to believe and even accept as normal a concept that a pregnant woman in our society should have the power of life and death over the human being she carries simply because it has been granted as her choice?
 
Jim Killebrew     

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