Letter: Truly a Huge Loss

To the Editor:

Margaret Drye’s Jan. 20 commentary about the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, “Let Us Confront What We’ve Lost,” (Jan. 20), noted that there have been 55 million abortions in the U.S. “It represents a profound loss in human capital ... all the wealth that humans bring to the world through their inventiveness, industriousness and creativity,” Drye wrote. “ ... Because of (these abortions), we have lost millions of irreplaceable, unique human beings whose absence has made us incalculably poorer.”

That statistic implies that, were it not for Roe v. Wade, right now there would be an additional 110,600 people in Vermont and an additional 232,500 people in New Hampshire. This is truly a huge loss. But it gets worse. The real evil is the “right of privacy” upon which Roe v. Wade was based. The privacy right was “found” (“conjured” is more like it) in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the “right” of people to subvert the laws of nature by preventing conception. Were it not for the abomination of Griswold, we could, no doubt, be enjoying the bounty of several million more people in Vermont and New Hampshire.

And so it all continues. With each passing year, what we have lost becomes ever greater.

Larry Shaper

Thetford Center


Column: Let Us Confront What We’ve Lost

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Plainfield The generation that came of age during World War I and shortly thereafter felt acutely the disastrous effects that the “war to end all wars” had on them physically, mentally and psychologically. Many good young men went to war and never came back, or came back wounded, often more than just physically. Ernest Hemingway’s and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels …