Several of our national leaders have said that the recent shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at our military centers is a heinous crime. And they are correct! A few synonyms for heinous are wicked, evil, abominable, unspeakable, detestable, despicable — must I go on? It was definitely a demonstration of senseless killings of our own innocent citizens.

But what about abortion? Shouldn’t the murder of an innocent baby who is safely and securely growing within their mother’s womb be viewed as a heinous crime? Certainly this kind of behavior borders on insanity! Do we need armed guards to protect pregnant women? Why are there no thorough investigations taking place at these abortion facilities (not clinics)? Clinics are the places where we do our best to save lives, not destroy them!

Oh, you may think, our hands are tied because abortion is the “law of the land.” And you would be wrong! Only our elected representatives are granted authority to make laws; our Supreme Court is limited in its scope to only the interpretation of the law. These parameters are proscribed in our U.S. Constitution. We have fallen into their trap again. Different bait but same trap used in rendering the same-sex marriage decision. Decisions, like interpretations, are only opinions, not law.

Many are hesitant to take a stand against ALL forms of abortion because they have fallen for the lie that “it’s” not a baby until “it” exits the womb.

It can be proven medically, beyond a doubt, that at the moment a woman’s egg (ovum) is fertilized by a man’s sperm a person is present in complete human form. Just because we can’t see the baby yet doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and should not have the same inalienable rights granted by our Constitution that we do.

The abortionists are not killing these innocent children through self-defense or because somebody, somewhere declared war on unborn babies. They are assassins; they commit murder for hire. And no, they don’t actually see the baby they kill until after the crime has been committed. They “see” the baby in the form of many, very small body parts that they are now selling on the black market for, you guessed it, more money.

Heinous crimes are only going to get worse in our land if we do not return to the foundational and godly principals upon which our country was founded.

Wake up, America!

Francis Rinaudo Jr.

retired dentist St. Francisville