Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., writes in The Washington Times
that he was nearly aborted.
His 17-year-old mother had just watched her home burn to the ground one night in December 1975. "But that wasn't the only weight she carried that night. She had just discovered that she was a few weeks pregnant with her first child," Stutzman writes.
"In the dark, alone and terrified, she decided to find a way to Kalamazoo, Mich., 40 miles away, to 'take care of her situation.' That young girl was my mother, and if she had gone to Kalamazoo that night, you wouldn’t be reading this today. I would have been aborted."
It turned out Stutzman's mother was afraid of driving 40 miles alone.
Much of the congressman's column consists of a criticism of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor who is on trial for the murder of babies who were born alive during attempted abortions.
"For 40 years, our society has been unwilling to come to grips with the grim truth about abortion. We've raced down a dead-end street, willfully blind to the facts, only to find ourselves at 3801 Lancaster St. — Kermit Gosnell's clinic in West Philadelphia," Stutzman writes.
"Our natural horror and grief are absurd unless we face the truth that abortion takes an innocent human life. There is no moral distinction between ending a child’s life five seconds after birth or five days before."
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