As we reflect on our celebration of freedom on this 243rd Independence Day, it is disheartening to learn about the pro-abortion billboards in Waskom claiming “abortion is freedom” (news story, Wednesday).
Our Declaration of Independence claims a right to pursue life, not destroy it. The medical profession has shown clearly that life begins at conception, with the unborn baby having a separate heartbeat, brain function and frequently separate blood type from the mother.
The choice of freedom for the woman/mother is whether to conceive the baby. Post-abortion counseling has shown most women regret having an abortion and frequently suffer long term hurt, pain and depression.
I thank the Waskom City Council for its stand against abortion and will continue to pray for the abortion providers that they will come to respect all human life from conception to natural death.
— Tom Mittler, Longview