It is still hard for me to understand how animals are afforded rights in our society with laws that enforce their protection and yet human unborn babies are not protected under law and have virtually no rights.
    Legally, the fertilized egg of an eagle has more rights than an unborn child. And in Wisconsin, stepping on a snail can land you in jail - with a $10,000 fine. But a woman can have her baby killed, for a price, right into the ninth month of pregnancy - all within the confines of the law.

Abortion is a big business. And the abortionists are making a killing. They are rewarded with blood money for the slaughtering of innocent human beings. How is abortion any different than murder-for-hire? If a wife hires a hitman to murder her husband, it is a crime. But if a mother hires an abortionist (the hitman) to murder her unborn child, it is a choice. That is a flawed logic that is hard to believe is still widely accepted.

Since abortion became legal in 1973, our nation has lost an entire generation to abortion. We are beginning to see some of the effects of that diabolical decision, as universities nationwide find themselves strapped for students. How many Michelangelos and Beethovens have we destroyed in the name of choice? How many Einsteins and Edisons have we erased from the pages of human progress?

Abortion advocates repeatedly cite instances of rape and incest in their defense of abortion. However, only 2% of the 1.5 million+ abortions committed in the US every year are for reasons other than mere convenience.What is convenient is not always best, or right. In the case of abortion, Easy Street is a dead end. 

A vibrant, educated, well-loved young woman from Rhode Island named Lindsay Ann Burke was murdered at age 23 by her abusive boyfriend. (READ HER FULL STORY HERE) Since Lindsay's death, her family has made valiant efforts to ensure that other women and their families do not fall victim to abuse, including the creation of a memorial fund and website that shares Lindsay's own personal story of abuse that ultimately lead to her death as well as facts and warning signs of abusive relationships and behaviors. It was created to help young women find help, hope, and shelter from an abusive relationship.

A recently approved law in Rhode Island called the Lindsay Ann Burke Act requires all public middle and high schools to teach students about dating violence in their health classes. The law mandates teaching the warning signs of an abusive relationship in the public high schools.  But more than just signs of abuse, the classes also teach skills for building healthy romantic relationships as well as healthy friendships.The National Association of Attorneys General has passed a resolution that the classes be offered at schools everywhere in the United States, and Liz Claiborne Inc. is helping to promote the idea across the country.

Having taught young adults in high school, I have seen young girls confuse controlling behavior for love and I myself, have been a victim of an abusive relationship. Though it's never easy to make someone see abuse for what it is when she's under the spell of romance (or fear, as the case so often is), maybe educating our youth about the difference between healthy passion and dangerous obsession will help prevent women from ever entering in to toxic relationships.

If you or someone you know is a victim, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or visit their website:

Teen victims can also call the National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 or visit their website at
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