Why does God allow abortion?

To the editor:

The Christian right constantly rails against abortion. Have they wondered why their god hasn’t acted to prevent the abortions? Why aren’t they angry at their god? Now if there is a theistic god who created the universe and supposedly intrudes in our world by answering prayers and occasionally providing rewards and punishments, then there exists reasons to be angry with this deity.

A miscarriage is a natural abortion. Sources estimate that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. There are about 4.4 million confirmed pregnancies in the U.S. every year and around 1 million of those end in pregnancy losses. Assuming this rate for the rest of the world, there would be more that 20 million miscarriages worldwide in a year. This god appears to have no compassion for fetal life.

Over 100,000 babies are born with birth defects every year in the United States. That could be over 2 million worldwide. A few examples are abnormal hearts, Downs syndrome, conjoined twins, upper and lower limb impairments, hair lip and/or cleft palate, brain or skull deficiencies, and others. Every day more than 16,000 children around the world die from starvation and/or disease — one child every five seconds. Of course there’s the general problem of disease. Thousands of diseases like malaria, yellow fever, smallpox, plague, influenza, leprosy, Ebola, dengue, HIV, rotovirus, etc., have ravaged and continue to ravage untold millions of the human population with painful suffering and death. Yet this theistic god who so loves the world does nothing to alleviate the above problems.

Then there’s the god of the Hebrew/ Christian/ Mormon Bible. In the Noachian flood, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of men, women, children and babies were drowned by a vicious deity. Consider all the atrocities and genocides committed or abetted by the deity in the Bible. In many cases, all the men, women, children and babies are savagely killed, and sometimes the pregnant women are to be eviscerated. If there is a god, it’s certainly not the god depicted in the Bible.

We live in a natural evolving material universe that contains more stars than all the grains of sand on the Sahara, Gobi, and Arabian deserts, along with all the sand on the Earth’s beaches. Our sun is represented by just one grain of sand — disturbing news for those who myopically believe the universe was created just for them.

David M. Keranen

Bakersfild, Calif.