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An Open Letter to Lena Dunham


I have never heard your name before today. I had no idea who you were, and no idea what you stood for. I did not know about your background, nor did I care. Today, this has changed. I now know your name, and I know what you stand for and what you stand against. I wanted to take the time to write a short letter addressing the things that you have said. I realize that you will likely never see this letter. Even if you do, it is unlikely that you will take the time to try to understand things from my perspective. That is fine. That is your choice, and I will respect that. What I cannot respect is the mass murder of innocent children. You refer to this as abortion.

You have stated that there is a stigma that goes along with abortion, and that you feel as though you have added to this stigma by not having an abortion yourself. All due respect, I think that you are missing the point. A stigma is defined as "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person" (1). I would like you to notice that a stigma can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what it is associated with. Let me clarify this by listing a few things that have a stigma about them:

1.) Theft

2.) Vandalism
3.) Murder
4.) Hatred
5.) Racism
6.) Destruction
7.) Child Abuse
8.) Spousal Abuse
9.) Tyranny
10.) Torture

These 10 things have a stigma about them. Does this mean that we should go out and take part in these things so that the stigma will go away? By no means. It is a very good thing that there is a stigma associated with these things. Otherwise, we may all become moral monsters. Just because a stigma is associated with an issue does not make this issue good. But this forces us to ask a question: Is abortion good on the basis of its own merits? The fact that science now tells us that, from the moment of conception, an embryo is a human being and that abortion ends the life of this human being should be enough to answer this question. Abortion is murder. Nothing more, nothing less. The fact that you would advocate for such an atrocious thing demonstrates the hatred that is within your own heart.

Why do you think that there is such a cultural stigma around abortion? Do you believe that people in our culture are just so full of hatred because they view baby-killing in a negative light? No, we are not full of hatred, and we are correct to abhor the mass-murder of children. We are not the moral monster that you have become. Nor will we be. We will not become the monster that calls for the murder of any race of people, as you have. Nor will we become the monster who says that we have to eliminate the stigma surrounding the murder of innocent children (also called abortion).

If you have decided to become, and remain, a moral monster, I cannot change you. You have made a decision that will affect your very conscience for the rest of your life. I cannot change you. Only Christ can do that. I will, however, offer you something that you, as a moral monster, cannot offer me. I will treat you like a human being. This is something that you can never offer, because it requires something you will never have. I will treat you like a human, because my core values and my faith demand it. So keep up the hatred, if you so desire. For my part, I will continue to pray that Christ shows you what true compassion means. He will show you, if only you will let Him. But be warned, He will change your life.


Travis Stockelman


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