Column was wrong on anti-abortion movement

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 3, 2014 

Leonard Pitts expressed sincere concern in his column for children who died in Florida as a result of child welfare negligence. I was also outraged when I learned of the year-long Miami Herald investigation into the deaths of 477 children who died because they were placed by the Florida Department of Children and Families back into abusive or neglectful homes.

In reading "Innocents Lost," there is no question of an obvious failure by the state to provide protection for these children. Child abuse is a complex problem lacking a one-size fits all solution. Wisdom dictates that it cannot be fixed quickly, armed only with a checkbook and the latest comprehensive plan.

But instead of addressing what The Miami Herald calls a failed but "deliberate shift in Florida child welfare policy," Pitts uses his platform to declare that those who oppose abortion are not interested in crusading for children "already here." Pitts thereby misses the point of the anti-abortion message.

The assertion that such advocates are complicit either in these parent's crimes or the state's neglect of duties is completely false. Abortion's legal availability did not prevent these atrocities, and protesting abortion is not their cause. The dedication of those who oppose abortion to changing a law that legalizes the murder of unborn children is not equivalent to being complacent about the needs of born children. I would argue that in a culture where all life is valued, children will be less disposable at any age.

Charlotte Cushman

Port Royal

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