Wednesday, July 24, 2024

An argument for bringing life into the world

| June 20, 2023 7:00 AM

To the Editor:

It is inconceivable that anyone could try to justify killing a fetus, a baby in the womb, because they can’t afford to raise the child.

Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton and Leonardo DiCaprio all were born into poverty, so let’s just throw that argument out.

Many federal, state and local resources are readily available to mothers and babies who are financially challenged. Public hospitals are an option for all pregnant women who cannot afford to pay for pre-natal care or birthing services.

This includes women with high-risk pregnancies. Our own Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is a charitable not-for-profit hospital.

As for feeding a child — the government provides many food assistance programs:

WIC – Women Infants and Children safeguards the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 by providing supplemental food, nutrition education and healthcare referrals.

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move toward self-sufficiency.

USDA Commodity Distribution Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, our local Food Pantry, run by volunteers, provides an amazing service…people helping people.

Libby Pregnancy Care Center, staffed by volunteers, provides infant clothing, supplies, formula, diapers and all kinds of literature and support.

Other resources: is a great resource for pre-natal or post-abortive support.

Help Hotline 800-366-7773. is also a wonderful source.

Accusing a political group en masse of hypocrisy is not helping to save or feed anyone. This rhetoric only serves to divide.

And anti-abortion laws DO save lives. Abortion DOES kill a human life, a life with a heartbeat, a life with its own separate DNA. In the USA there are more families wanting to adopt than babies being born. My own child was a gift from God and I am forever grateful to the woman who chose not to have an abortion.

An afterthought: when did we get to be a people who always look to the federal government to supply our needs? “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have.”

Linda Gerard, Libby