Letters to the Editor

Saving dogs but not babies?

Are we barking up the wrong tree?

Give a dollar, coddle a dog. Donate now to save an abused mutt. I’m disappointed in being inundated with advertisements from local and national sources asking me to support animal agencies. These ads use sad eyes, scruffy hair and muddy cages to show animal plight. During the Thanksgiving parade broadcast, the SPCA organization made its plea for monthly contribution programs to help feed and house orphaned cats, dogs and the like. The Thanksgiving issue of The Sun News included a bold article begging residents to spare a dollar to help homeless and abandoned animals.

In the same issue was written that U.S. abortions fell 5 percent in 2009. The article seemed to brag that this feat translated to nearly 38,000 fewer abortions that year or just 15 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 785,000 aborted fetuses in this year, but cited that a few states, including California, which has the highest number of abortion providers, don’t send in data. The true annual count is estimated to be over 1 million discarded souls.

Isn’t it shameless that in a land blessed with so much to be thankful for that emphasis on saving a whimpering mongrel seems to far outweigh the protection of human kind? Gourmet treats, cookie cafes, pet spas, rhinestone collars and fur vests are lavished upon our four legged “dears.” But when the hushed cry and sacred heart beat of a defenseless babe in the womb is learned, some are quick to silence life forever. Abort and be glad is a rallying call for far too many of us. What has happened to our nation’s moral content? Imagine, we don’t even “treat” the unborn as dogs. What are the bigger consequences for such reckless behavior?

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.