January we commemorate the 45-year anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in our country. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world with legalized late-term abortions that go as far they do, with Iran and North Korea two others. Great company to be in; very sad.

For the past 45 years over 300,000 innocent pre-born babies are murdered every year in our country. How does this happen with us being a largely Christian country with approximately 75 percent identifying as Christians? As Christians we know and believe human life begins at conception and science has caught up with us. That's why pro-abortionists don't use "a clump of cells" in describing a human fetus any longer, but rather argue it's a women's choice to murder her baby, if she's still carrying it. Very sad.

Back to my question of how do we let this continue? It's because as Christians we're mostly silent on this issue, maybe even complicit. Abortion is a serious sin in all Christian faiths, as a Catholic it's a mortal sin, the most serious of all. Yet it's rarely called out, and when it is it is, many times diluted in a sermon of the "sanctity of all human life," and nobody leaves their mass or church service being any more of an advocate for God's most innocent and vulnerable children than when they came in.

As Christians we all need to be stronger advocates for the pre-born children, and do what we can to help overturn this evil law, if we truly put our Christian faith first in our lives. We also need our Church leaders to be stronger advocates using their influence and reach.

Pat Ropella, Mason City

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