“Dear Dave”

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. My family is on vacation. While we are gone I’ll be running articles from the past 12 months that you’ve indicated you particularly enjoyed. Dave

When you write as much as I do and receive as many kindly emails in return as I do, you might think that I might no longer be moved. You would be wrong. Maybe it’s because I am getting older, but the passion of your commitment gets to me more today than it did when I began so many years ago.

I wrote a blog entry yesterday which carried the headline, “Under the Radar: ‘Selective Reductions.’” The topic was “fetal reduction”–where a mother aborts some of her unborn babies. Typically the baby—or babies– die when a potassium chloride solution is injected into the heart (www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/Dec10/nv121610part2.html).

Once upon a time this involved almost exclusively “selectively reducing” a pregnancy where a mom was carrying 3-6 unborn babies, or even more. What’s new in this ghastly story is that, increasingly, parents are “reducing twins to singletons” (as it’s often cavalierly phrased) for lifestyle reasons.

I received the following in response. The conclusion and her name have been omitted.

“Dear Dave,

“I am the grandmother of 3 1/2 year old twins, and I find this absolutely heartbreaking and horrifying. ALL abortion is heartbreaking and horrifying, but this touches me to the core.

“Thank you for all that you are doing to help stop abortion. In prayerful solidarity and with persevering in hard work, we will raise up a Culture of Life, because we know without a doubt that grace is more powerful than sin, and God’s mercy is greater than evil.”

To which I can only add, Amen.

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