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Is Roe vs. Wade to be mourned or celebrated?

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On Jan. 22, the citizens of this nation either mourned or celebrated the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Few issues in our country’s history have divided us so.
For an example, look no further than myself. I am 16, and I firmly believe that abortion is the greatest evil of our country. But many girls my age or younger have had or will soon have an abortion, and fiercely defend their right to do so.
The difference between us is not our parents, education, or friends. It runs much deeper.
I am a Christian and believe that man is made in the image of God. This image is not something physical. If it was, it could easily be argued that the newly formed person does not bear that image because it does not look a certain way.
Rather, we bear the image of the Divine by the possession of something no human eye has ever seen — an eternal soul with an eternal destiny. We are not merely separated from animals by our self-awareness, ability to communicate, or reason.
A soul, the true mark of humanity, is never lost. It is present from conception. If you do not believe that man is intrinsically valuable, you are left measuring his value by his worth, to society, to culture, to yourself.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that, “all men are created equal.” This is true because all men have souls, which God holds as equally precious. This includes the unborn.
Jefferson also states that men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
These rights are sacred, because man is sacred. This includes the unborn. These rights God has given us flow from His nature, and to go against the nature of God is evil, thus to violate the rights of man is wrong.
This includes the unborn. There is no question about the morality of abortion. The only question is, what are we going to do about it?
Abigail Mabus
Galax