Monday, November 23, 2009

Shameful!

Are you all aware that one of the victims of the Ft. Hood...um....massacre was pregnant? I would like to acknowledge Judy from benmakesten for pointing this out to me! As a self proclaimed "news junkie", I'm ashamed that I wasn't aware of this. I've done some simple research and here's what I found out:

The pregnant victim, 21 year old Francheska Velez, was scheduled to go on maternity leave just two short weeks after this massacre occurred. She was an army private who had just returned from Iraq. I also read that she recently reenlisted. Strangely enough, she had said that she wanted to become a Psychologist to help other soldiers deal with the stress of deployment....just like her murderer!

Clearly, there were 14 victims that day at Ft. Hood...not just 13! Will our society EVER acknowledge that unborn children are living, breathing human beings that deserve our protection? I suppose that if we can't even say openly that this killer is a "terrorist" and subscribed to a radical ideology that puts American lives in danger.....how can we possibly acknowledge that a life is a life, is a life, is a life....even if it's unborn.

Like Judy, my heart is heavy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Row+vs.+Wade

Roe v. Wade
(1973) Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that established a woman's right to have an abortion without undue interference from the government. A Texas law prohibiting abortions was challenged by an unmarried pregnant woman (pseudonymously named Jane Roe), and the court ruled in her favour, finding that the state had violated her right to privacy (see rights of privacy). Harry Blackmun, writing for the seven-member majority, argued that the state's legitimate concern for the protection of prenatal life increased as a pregnancy advanced. While allowing that the state might forbid abortions during a pregnancy's third trimester, he held that a woman was entitled to obtain an abortion freely, after medical consultation, during the first trimester and in an authorized clinic during the second trimester. The Roe decision, perhaps the most controversial in the Supreme Court's history, remains at the centre of the issue of abortion rights. Repeated challenges since 1973, such as Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, have narrowed the scope of Roe but have not overturned it.

For more information on Roe v. Wade, visit Britannica.com. Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Copyright © 1994-2008 Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, Inc.

Jenny reed