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Carroll County Times

Letter: Centers help in time of crisis

In her Aug. 24 Other Voices column, Bonnie Erbe once again takes jabs at the Catholic Church, and this time she even goes after the Christian Right as well.

She comments that the pregnancy centers run by them lure in unsuspecting pregnant teens and young women, and that they advertise as if they provide abortions and birth control. She claims that they also give lectures about going to hell if they have an abortion or use artificial birth control. She couldn't be more wrong.

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The counselors at the pregnancy centers are compassionate and caring people whose goal is to provide real help to the stressed mothers and fathers facing a crisis pregnancy, and also assist those suffering from the aftermath of abortion. There is no judging or condemning. Seventy percent of women who choose abortion think it is morally wrong, but go against their conscience because they feel trapped.

Abortion doesn't solve the problem, it creates new ones.

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A study by the University of Minnesota showed that teens that had an abortion in the last six months were 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who had not had one. Fifty million babies have been aborted since 1973 in our country. This exceeds the populations of all the 50 states, including California.

I often think of a cartoon I saw in the paper showing a man yelling at God. He was asking why he didn't send someone who would cure cancer or establish world peace. God's answer was "I did, you aborted them."

Abortion helps no one, except the abortionist. It does not help the poor. They are still poor afterward. It leaves behind wounded parents who can live the rest of their lives with shame, guilt and regret, often tormented emotionally, spiritually and physically. As Dr. Anthony Levantino, a former abortionist, said, "I want the general public to know what the doctors know -- that this is a person; that this is a baby. That this is not some kind of blob of tissue ..."

There are 40 pregnancy centers in Maryland waiting to help those in need. As for Erb, I pray that she will have a true conversion of heart. I know she is glad her mother chose life.

Kathleen Russo

Eldersburg


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