After reading Emma Amiad’s column, I realized how I too am inspired by Dr. King’s words (“We must show up and stand up for change,” Jan. 2). Emma notes that we have nothing to gloat about, and she is right. It is our duty and privilege to intervene and protect God-given rights both implied and enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Right now, approximately one out of four Americans silenced by abortion are unable to claim their right to life, and the fall-out from this affects every one of us.
There are many injustices that must change, but if anyone wants to intervene against injustice it would be good to start by protecting mothers and their babies and to follow through by building a society that values life.
Some healing begins with forgiving. I encourage those of every faith who need healing from the injustice of abortion to attend one of the upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in Seabeck and Stanwood. These confidential retreats foster healing for both men and women and are sponsored by Project Rachel Western Washington, a program of Catholic Community Services. Further information can obtained online at rachelsvineyard.org.
— Charles Lovekin