This week our nation should be in mourning for our missing children who will never go through the school gates. They have been deprived of their lives in the ‘sanctuary’ of their mother’s womb.
”I will never know the tides of time; For I was coming but unloved, and that my only crime. Nameless am I, a grain of sand One of the countless dead, but the deed that make me ashen grey, floats on seas of red.” [Ballad of the Unborn Child]
Nearly 10,000 5 year olds will commence their schooling this week, happy and laughing, full of the joy of life. A total of 50,000 5 year olds are expected during the four terms of 2018. Sadly around 13,170 who would have been the same age are missing. What would have been there joy and laughter replaced by a deathly silence. This represents nearly 526 empty class rooms. What a loss to our nation. They join the ranks of the 500,000 children who have been murdered in their mother’s womb since 1977. These are the children who were considered of little worth and whose lives were terminated by abortion. These are the nameless and whose only record of existence is a cold statistic in the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s annual report to Parliament of 2014.
The Minister of Education, the Honourable Chris Hipkins welcomes these new entrants “For more than 10,000 five-year-olds and their parents it will be an even more exciting time as our youngest students go through the school gates for the first time. They’ll meet their first school teacher, learn about school routines and make new friends.” “Over the next four terms more than 50,000 new five-year-olds will also start school. Almost all of them will have attended early childhood education.”There is a chilling silence about the missing children. Right to Life asks what action will his government take to ensure that all of our children will have the right to be born and come to school to enjoy the pleasure and joy of the company of those who were allowed to be born.
Their absence is mourned for they were created with many talents to enrich our society. They were formed in their mother’s womb by their Creator with loving care. Our society is impoverished by their absence, socially, economically and spiritually. We should also have deep compassion for their mothers who will be mourning the loss of their children. Many will suffer in painful and lonely silence having been told by Family Planning that what was aborted was just ‘the contents of the uterus’; that abortion is safe and that their grief is just their imagination. Mothers, who are so often coerced into an unwanted abortion because of their abandonment by the father or because of pressure from family and friends.
Right to Life asks, when is the government going to recognise that every child is endowed at conception with an inalienable right to life and should be afforded with the respect and protection that is accorded to the human person?
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