Letter: Potential denied

Walter Nicklin, publisher of the Rappahannock News, poses the following questions in his editorial [Happy 234th?, July 8]: “How could it possibly have happened that such sparsely populated 13 colonies 234 years ago could produce the truly gifted and courageous individuals that signed the Declaration? Where are such individuals today?”

Mr. Nicklin then presents two hypotheses. I present another for consideration. Abortion was not legal in the 18th century. Since 1973, more than 48 million potential U.S. citizens have fallen victim to abortion. More than 48 million American lives were denied an opportunity to demonstrate their talents, virtues, intelligence and leadership. Who is to say there were no Washingtons, Madisons, or Jeffersons among them?

Regina H. Knight

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