UPDATE: I received the following reply by email from Congressman Yarmuth in response to the open letter below.
February 3, 2015
Dear Mr. Smothers,
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about abortion services. I appreciate the benefit of your views on this important matter.
I am committed to strengthening America’s families and preventing unwanted pregnancies and unnecessary abortions. I believe the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal, and women and their families – not politicians or bureaucrats – should have the right to make this choice in private and in consultation with their doctors or clergy.
The issue of abortion has divided Americans for too long. We can – and should – do much more to reach common ground on this issue. In my view, the best way to reduce the need for abortions is to prevent unintended pregnancies in the first place. That is why I have and will continue to support commonsense measures designed to significantly reduce the number of unintended pregnancies nationwide.
I also believe we should be doing more to support adoption services and our severely underfunded foster care system. Far too many children are never placed in a home and only leave the foster care system when they turn eighteen. With a strong commitment, these are areas where we can make great progress as a nation.
While we may not see eye-to-eye on this issue, I appreciate the benefit of your input on this deeply personal matter. If you would like to learn more about my work in Washington and in Louisville, please visit my website at www.yarmuth.house.gov, where you will find the latest news, my weekly schedule, video from hearings, and information about constituent services. You can sign up for my e-newsletter to receive periodic updates on important issues and services for your family. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@RepJohnYarmuth).
Member of Congress
Below is my original open letter to Congressman Yarmuth.
My message is urgent—lives are at stake—so let me cut to the chase. Human beings are being murdered by the hour in your district, sir. Under the protection of the law. Mothers are killing their sons and daughters. Fathers are providing the getaway cars. Grandparents are funding the operation. And all of this on a scale that is only meaningfully comparable to Nazi Germany. But even this comparison falls short, for the numbers are far greater in this land—by a factor of nine. And you, sir, are one of the only people in this nation that can do something game-changing about it. But you only recline and applaud.
You call it pro-choice. A woman’s right to choose. More commonly, it is known as Abortion. But that’s because you don’t want to call it what it really is. To abort simply means to stop. You can abort an excursion. You can abort a rocket launch. But what exactly is aborted in an Abortion? What exactly is stopped? Have you ever thought about that? Is it called an abortion because a heartbeat is stopped? Or because a life is ending? What—or maybe it would be better to ask Who—is being aborted? The pregnancy, you say. That’s what’s being aborted. This is a tactic known as dodging the issue, sir. Best not say baby. Because then things might get a little messy.
It’s legal, you say. And it should be, you say. Well, sir, think how kindly history looks upon the ones who have legalized the Abominable in the past. Think how kindly history looks upon Hitler and his ilk. The arc of the moral universe is long. I’m sure you’ve heard. It bends toward justice. But what you have failed to realize is that the most unjust thing in this world is the shedding of innocent blood. And your hands are not clean.
Instead of doing something about this most urgent of problems, you and your colleagues—both on your side and across the aisle—have decided to buy your political positions with the going cultural currency—innocent blood. You have run your campaigns on the backs of the unborn. You have made it part of your life’s work—the thing that you wake up to do in the morning—to make sure that an unborn infant who lacks an advocate in the world doesn’t. even. stand. a. chance.
What a legacy. What a grand story to share with your grandchildren.
“What do you do, grandpa?”
“I make sure it’s legal for women to feed her baby poison pills.”
“I make sure it’s legal for a doctor to snip off a baby’s arms, legs, and head so that it all comes out easier.”
“I make sure that parents who don’t want to take care of their children can legally throw them in a bionic waste dumpster.”
Have you ever tried explaining abortion to a child? Try it. Maybe that might be the thing that brings you back from the brink of moral insanity. We are liberating ourselves to death, sir. When we define liberty as the right to take a life in the pursuit of happiness, we have gravely misunderstood our forefathers. I am praying that God might have mercy on you to give you eyes to see and a heart to understand what is the definition and source of true Righteousness (Romans 3:21–26). And that this might enable you to devote your life to Him and to his children (Matthew 19:14).
With grave sincerity,
Colin J. Smothers