A picture's worth
Seeing my son moving around, kicking his legs, and waving his arms in his mother's womb was a shock that I have never gotten over, and I hope I never do. What had been an intellectual commitment against abortion became a powerful passion, all because of that stunningly sharp, live, ultrasound picture of my little boy ("Baby pictures," Jan. 22). No wonder abortion-rights advocates are terrified that someone would see their unborn child. Once they do, that "blob of cells" becomes a real, living child. Every instinct implanted in a human being by God cries out, "Protect this child." The ultrasound machine provides a sense of reality stronger than the rhetoric of the pro-abortion forces, and even stronger than the most eloquent abortion opponent. A picture is worth a thousand words. - Paul T. McCain, St. Louis, Mo.
There would be more than enough money to buy a high-quality ultrasound machine at crisis pregnancy centers around the country, and cover the expenses to run and support them, if our taxes were redirected from Planned Parenthood to CPCs dedicated to preserving, not destroying, babies' lives. - Art Bergquist, San Marcos, Calif.
Nice but greedy
I appreciate your vigilance in your annual observance of Roe vs. Wade. Your latest issue was yet another excellent job. One of the cultural Left's primary tools is to attack the "Culture of Greed." It strikes me that the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of greed is an aborted fetus. "Every Child a Wanted Child" is a nice slogan but a greedy one, the same as saying, "Don't make me interfere with my lifestyle, even though this pregnancy is my responsibility." - Marc Johnson, Pueblo, Colo.
It's a baby
I was sitting on my couch reading the Jan. 22 WORLD with its "Roe vs. Wade 2000" cover, while my 13-month-old daughter played in the magazine basket where we keep our back issues of WORLD. She pulled one out and held it in a bear hug, squealing in delight, "Daddy, baby!" The magazine was from Oct. 23, 1999, which featured an unborn child on the cover. Not only is my daughter's first sentence pro-life, but it demonstrates a basic knowledge so few in America today seem willing to acknowledge-it's a precious baby. Perhaps her generation will make better choices than those of her parents and grandparents. - Michael Quinn Sullivan, Alexandria, Va.
Your articles on abstinence ("Freedom from fear," "You oughta know," Jan. 22) reminded me how even Christians are only scratching the surface in regard to purity by promoting abstinence. Purity is not only physical, it's emotional. Young adults on their wedding day should be able to give their spouse not only a pure body, but more importantly, a whole heart. - Adriana Fry, 17, Collinsville, Okla.
Wombs and wallets
I was quite dismayed to read in "Freedom from fear" that the proponents of "safe sex" and "freedom of choice" are trying to conceal the ineffectiveness of condoms in preventing the spread of HPV. After reading this article, I realized why the battle over abortion must be fought bitterly: We pro-lifers fight for the occupants of wombs; they fight for the contents of their wallets, and both are too dear to be abandoned. - Hugh Henry, Dahlonega, Ga.
I was mystified at the willful blindness of Ron Fitzsimmons, director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, as he bemoaned "hearing of a lot of horror stories of women going into facilities [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] and being forced to watch videos" of abortions taking place. It is appalling that his "horror" was aimed at women having to watch a loathsome procedure for which he so vehemently lobbies. - Courtney Dunkerton, Efland, N.C.
In "Roe vs. Wade 2000" (Jan. 22), you described "the pro-life movement, which a decade ago was alienating millions by trying to outchant and outmuscle the other side." I would offer another perspective. A decade ago my involvement with Operation Rescue brought me to repentance, led me to the Lord, and started my active involvement in ministering to women, men, and unborn babies facing a crisis pregnancy. Soon to follow were my husband, my son, and several of my in-laws. Since then we have given money, taken women into our home, and adopted six children. Your comments unfairly characterized my actions. - Linda Murray, Sunland, Calif.
My wife and I did not know Jesus when we were younger, and we had this so-called choice to make when we were 19. Thank the Lord we did not do away with our firstborn. Praise God for those in Lancaster, Pa., who demonstrate that true freedom rests in choices that give blessing, not choices that lead to destruction ("Not in our backyard," Jan. 22). - Tim Dolan, Vancouver, Wash.
A Timely world
Every Christian or conservative article I've seen about the AOL Time Warner merger ("AOL Time Warner takes 2 to tango," Jan. 22) seems to ignore comments by Time Warner chairman Gerald Levin that left me falling out of my chair: "We care not only about value creation, which is taking place on Wall Street today, but also the values that we feel that we can leave as a legacy eventually and do things through this company worldwide that have a lot to do with the social destiny of people everywhere." Have we all become numb to major media corporations filter feeding us their worldviews? Shouldn't we at least express a little outrage when the (soon to be) largest media company in America cheerfully asserts on worldwide television that shaping our society will be one of its main missions? The world according to Time. God help us. - Greg S. Mathers, Charlottesville, Va.
"Why I'm pro-choice" (Jan. 22) was an excellent article. Too often we stew over the big decisions, not realizing the importance of the seemingly insignificant ones. As I look at God's working in our lives, I am amazed at how our little decisions have taken my husband and me down roads we never would have dreamed of traveling. - Denise Busenitz, Whitewater, Kan.
Bravo to Joel Belz for "Rather off his Rocker" (Jan. 22). In the guise of "tolerance," homosexuals and those who have joined with them to advance their agenda have grown more and more openly intolerant of opposing opinions. Thank you for exposing the subtle and often effective messages smuggled into the evening news. - David O'Ffill, Overland Park, Kan.
Neither news nor Christian
Please cancel my subscription. I subscribed because I was told you had a Christian viewpoint on the news of the world. I have received three issues and seen neither news nor a Christian viewpoint. - Paul Edlinger, Albuquerque, N.M.
I have been blessed through your ministry throughout my life. I greatly appreciate your willingness to tackle tough stories, to admit mistakes, to print critical letters (including cancellations), to acknowledge your Christian perspective, and to remain faithful even during success. Your faithfulness to your calling has given me hope that Christians can be competent (even excellent) professionals while engaging a lost world. Your "saltiness" encourages me (a grad student studying clinical psychology) to remain faithful even during bland times. - Randy Halberda, Terre Haute, Ind.
For the record
For the record, The Washington Post quoted a statement I made almost two years ago ("Feeling a little let down," Jan. 15). Jerry Jenkins and I did everything we could during the past two years trying to play down any connection between Y2K and our Left Behind fiction series. And we are as delighted as everyone else that it did not produce the feared disaster many forecast. - Tim LaHaye, El Cajon, Calif.