Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Letter to the Editor

The following letter was sent to the Honolulu Advertiser

What an inspiration 16-year old Tadd Fujikawa is with his stunning play in the Sony Open. Born at 22 weeks gestation, he and his parents are definitely encouraging to all parents with “preemies.”

Unfortunately, in the eyes of our Congressional delegation, other babies at 22 weeks, not yet born, are considered non-entities. Hard-hearted, without mercy, these men opposed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (the Laci Peterson law) to recognize the unborn child as a legal victim in crimes on federal property.

Despite testimony by the American Medical Association that the partial-birth abortion was not necessary to save the life of any mother, they opposed protecting late-term babies from this gruesome procedure.

In the House, Rep. Abercrombie (and Case) voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006, despite testimony of neonatal neurologists that infants born as early as 23 or 24 weeks react negatively to painful stimuli -- for example, by grimacing, withdrawing, and whimpering. They refused the opportunity for women undergoing abortions to be offered pain relief for the unborn baby.

The addition of Mazie Hirano promises more of the same. Although Hawaii’s voters do not hold our Congressional delegation accountable for their contemptible votes, there is a Higher Authority who will - a point which our senior Senators, especially, should consider.

Carol R. White