To stop the killing is why supporters of Kansans for Life stood in front of the courthouse last week. It is to end the victimization of those who have undergone the terror attack of an abortion. It is to end the heartbreak of women who have felt shame, grief and despair for what they did. We stand and pray to proclaim that all children are precious gifts from God. We pray for healing for those who have undergone abortions. 

We stand and pray annually on the anniversary of that despicable 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that has led to this holocaust. We will continue to stand and pray until the abomination of abortion is rid from our midst.

Imagine 61 million dead in a natural disaster. The populations of all nine states in the northeast United States have been totally wiped out. Eighteen percent of the U.S. population is dead. The devastating loss of scientists, economists, skilled and unskilled laborers, doctors, educators, members of the military and first responders brings the country to a halt. The economic impact of the sudden loss of 61 million people obliterates the wealth of individuals and the ability of the U.S. to compete in the world. There is weeping and wailing in the streets.

Since 1973, 61 million unborn children have been killed by those who worship the god of abortion. Those who might have found a cure for cancer, or Alzheimer’s or developed means to eliminate atmospheric pollution or ensure clean water for all were killed before their minds and talents could be put to use.

Despite that horrific loss of life, we continue to kill the unborn at a rate of about 1,600 a day nationwide. In Kansas, we kill about 18 a day for a total of 6,810 in 2016 (preliminary figure). Too many in Kansas are ignorant of, inured to or complicit in the killing of those unborn babies. Were they not, last fall we would have voted not to retain judges who proclaim a right to choose the destruction of the most innocent among us.

Columns in the Times are replete with excuses as to why such slaughter is acceptable. One equates the biological function of a spontaneous abortion to the conscious act of a so-called doctor ripping apart an unborn child in the womb. One equates a “fetus” to tumors “that feed off of our bodies.” Most bizarre was the columnist who justified abortion because at the earliest stage of development, the unborn child has what appear to be “non-human features.” Those who weep over the loss of children’s lives are seen as slave owners who tell women what to do. That we weep over the loss of unborn females is totally lost on such people.

Another column touted the Democrat platform that reads “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children.” Yet, the Democrats’ position is that a child can be killed for any reason one second before it opens its eyes to see the dawn. 

One Times columnist writing about gun control asked, “What is happening in our culture that is feeding the desire of some very sick people to strike out and murder as many innocent strangers as possible?” Could it be that we have devalued life by killing 61 million “innocent strangers” resulting in life meaning nothing?

Recently, the Kansas City Star asked, “Why are there so many black babies dying in Kansas?” The article did not touch the issue of abortion. In Kansas, 5.9 percent of the population is African-American, who account for 21.3 percent of all abortions in the state. This genocide is being perpetrated by pro-abortion groups and national organizations that prey on and establish “clinics” in minority neighborhoods. Why are we killing those who could be the ones who develop more efficient ways to grow crops, someone who writes the great American novel or becomes a brilliant musician? 

We will stand and pray until everyone in our state will have the love and joy of a recent columnist who wrote, “That moment when I held my grandchildren for the first time, it was love – pure, fresh, new love.” But 61 million grandchildren will never be able to see the dawn and look into the eyes of someone whose heart swells with joy at their birth.

We pray to end this savagery.

Rich Kiper is a Leavenworth Times columnist.