Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Senator Evan Bayh
131 Russell Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Bayh:

I write to you this afternoon as this great country marks the 35th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortions in America, to urge you to consider becoming a stronger supporter of Life. Since abortion’s legalization, over 40 million Americans have lost their lives, the equivalent of over six holocausts. In this letter I hope to convince you to use your senatorial powers to defend the gift of life, beginning at the moment of conception to the point of natural death. I will begin by defining exactly what I mean by abortion; argue for a firm definition for the beginning of life, as well offer suggestions as to what you can do to assist in ending this horrible violence.

The word abortion flashes across the news sources daily and is used to such an extent that we to forget exactly what the “medical procedure” entails and the prevalence of this practice in America. Abortion is defined by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) to come in two different forms: the first involves medications to end a pregnancy and the other by way of surgery. The surgery “Ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) with special instruments.” This language disgusts me; the National Abortion Federation describes the murder of approximately 1.3 million unborn children per year in such mundane terms as if they are removing the garbage. The fact remains that they are not removing the garbage; they are murdering a human being in a very intrusive, painful and degrading manner to the women who receive this “treatment”.

In order to fully understand the complex issue that abortion represents in the modern world, I hope to convince you of the beginning of the life. Currently laws protect American infants from something called infanticide or the killing a newborn. United States Law does allow for such killing to take place into the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. This limitation is based upon research which has determined when a fetus has a viable chance of survival outside of a mother’s womb. Modern technology continues to limit abortions to earlier and earlier in pregnancy; therefore a definition of life cannot exist in conjunction with a date that changes with the amount of technology available. Therefore, perhaps life begins at the first sign of one of life’s most vital characteristics, that of the beating of the human heart which starts twenty days after conception. While this previous example makes sense, perhaps the moment when the child has its own complete and unique DNA would prove to a more fruitful limit to a latest possible abortion. A child has its entire DNA at the moment of conception.

If life is determined to begin at conception, which I believe it does, then America is participating in the greatest human rights violation in the world. Abortion is the greatest killer in America, easily surpassing heart disease which claims almost 1 million Americans per year.

I hope this letter has raised your awareness on an extremely controversial issue in American politics and with your political powers; you stand in a position to do something about it. You are able to vote against bills that favor abortion “rights” and begin debating and voting in favor of the culture of Life.


Eric M. Eder

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