Letters to the Editor

Abortion defense irrational and illogical

Re May 21 letter by Daniel Zamos, “Abortion has been good for the U.S.”

I have never read a more convoluted, irrational, prejudicial defense of the destruction of human life in the womb as that promulgated by Mr. Zamos. According to his thesis, abortion saves our country from incarcerating the many millions who would otherwise live lives of criminality, thereby saving us untold dollars. Better to kill off potential problems of poverty, neglect and antisocial behavior since all pregnancies that are not planned, anticipated or wanted must result in a life of misery and hopelessness. Studies, statistics, reports and academic papers are cited as proof that abortion has benefited our country economically because crime has decreased (really?) and that means there are less of the undesirables born to cause trouble.

Seems I’ve heard this song before: In the ‘30s and ‘40s, there was a large European country whose leaders promoted such thoughts and theories concerning a certain ethnic group said to harbor criminal and unacceptable tendencies. The quicker they were eliminated; the better -- and we all know the rest of the story.

Mr. Zamos’ mother had the foresight to grant her son the gift of life and the opportunity to live up to his potential and make his own way in the world. Nobody said it was going to be easy and it seems he has been successful to the best of his ability. I would think he would want others to have the same opportunity and not pre-judge the life in the womb as an inconvenient negative to the bottom line.

The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.