I read and hear stories daily on the news about how people reach out to help others in need. Collecting money, offering support, giving up their time and energy at food banks, homeless shelters, the list goes on and on. It is a true testimony of the second commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This commandment makes me think about who our neighbor is. Jesus stated, “This is like the first commandment” and “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” which includes “thou shalt not murder.” In the explanation of “Who is our neighbor?” Jesus told the parable of the “Good Samaritan.” So, I wish someone would explain to me how a baby that fails a late term abortion is just left to die, while in a hospital, with doctors, nurses, and a mother watching or perhaps just turning their heads.

Oh, I am told that we should have compassion on the mother and allow her the right to have an abortion, and we should support her. I disagree. Why can’t we support all life with respect? After all, is not the mother in some sort of dilemma for her to choose to kill her baby? Is she not our neighbor also? Can we not treat them both as Jesus has commanded us? Why do we have to choose death over life?

It is to our shame for not having compassion and not protecting all of our neighbors. Jesus would support our neighbors born or unborn.

Marcia Fitzgibbon

Salem

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