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Cynthia Hren: This is women’s health care?

In the future, Americans will look back on our current abortion practices and wonder how we could have tolerated such inhumane acts of violence on the unborn.

The moral decline of our nation is reflected in an attitude of tolerance and acceptance toward unlimited abortions, late-term abortions, partial birth abortion and the selling of aborted remains in the name of medical research. This is not about women's health care; it is about an attitude of complacency toward these horrific practices that has permeated our country.

Religion notwithstanding, there is a universal human morality code, a moral fiber, that binds a society together. This is an example of how we are losing our country's moral fiber. I'm not condemning women who have made the deeply personal and difficult decision to have an abortion. In too many cases, women fail to receive adequate information about the facts of abortion and other options, which may later result in regret or grief after an abortion.

Women want the right of choice over their bodies, but shouldn't that choice begin with an informed decision to have or not to have unprotected sex? There are many forms of birth control that are readily available to women of child-bearing age. There are also many health clinics that offer education and information to women about their reproductive health other than Planned Parenthood, which focuses on abortion.

We got here because American culture accepts legality over morality, convenience over life.

These clinics can offer facts about alternatives to an unplanned pregnancy including abortion and adoption and provide support for the mother after any decision. Our local clinic is Livingwell Medical Clinic, which is located near Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Many couples who are unable to conceive desperately wait years to adopt a baby. To them, a child is very wanted, loved and cherished. If a woman has an unplanned pregnancy, many agencies will work with her to make arrangements for a custom adoption plan. The mother can choose an open adoption where she can spend as much or as little time as she wishes taking part in her child's life. There are plans in which all the mother's medical bills and living arrangements are paid.

If a mother chooses to keep her baby, there are services that will provide medical care, clothing and goods for the mother and baby for several years.

In her book, "UnPlanned," author Abby Johnson writes about her dramatic change from being a celebrated director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to crossing the line to join the Coalition for Life. While assisting in an abortion procedure, her life was changed as she witnessed via sonogram, a second trimester unborn baby physically recoiling from the vacuum extractor that would end that baby's life. She realized she was on the wrong side of this issue and left her well-paid position to advocate for the unborn. Throughout millennia and until only a few decades ago, this termination of life would have been regarded as murdering one of the most vulnerable of our species. Today, this is viewed as a medical procedure or "choice" of convenience by the mother. Our society seems to value saving animals over saving our next generation.

Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble in 1932 wrote: "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population." Indeed, nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located near predominantly black or Hispanic neighborhoods. Statistics from the CDC show that from 2007 to 2010, although African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, more than one-third of all abortions were unborn black babies.

In Europe, abortion laws are restrictive, often requiring a waiting period and although widely available during the first trimester, most M.D.s in Europe will not perform any abortion after 20 weeks. How did our society get to this point? Is it because a handful of appointed Supreme Court justices decided that an entire class of human beings, those not yet born, had no legal rights? We got here because American culture accepts legality over morality, convenience over life. Evil forces can blind people to reality, and as a result our whole society spirals downward.

When our society becomes unmoored from morality, eventually we all become vulnerable. Next, will we look to eugenics to terminate our elderly, disabled, mentally or terminally ill? Will it be said that their deaths will be for the betterment of society? If you are not horrified by this, you are part of the problem.

Cynthia Hren lives in Nevada City.