LETTER: Government has no role in decisionTo the Telegram: I appreciate the thoughtful and heartfelt letter published April 9, “An unborn life is worth saving.” However, there are other points concerning abortions I would like to mention.
To the Telegram:
I appreciate the thoughtful and heartfelt letter published April 9, “An unborn life is worth saving.” However, there are other points concerning abortions I would like to mention.
We, who support using abortions do not make our decisions based on wanting to kill children or dishonor life. Instead, we consider the consequences for young women who may be endangered without alternatives to pregnancy. We support abortions when the lives and well-being of women are in jeopardy, or when, decisions in such matters, need to be made by each woman and her family — not by government.
If all abortions were banned, people like myself would be concerned about those who desperately need a medical safety net when the lives of the mother or child are at risk.
A fertilized egg is a bundle of undifferentiated cells, having no muscles, bones, brain tissue, internal organs, or indeed, any type of specialized cells at all. Two days after its fertilization, the embryo is typically between 0.1 and 0.02 mm in diameter. It cannot feel pain, fear death or think, and at that stage is very different from a four-year-old or an adolescent.
So perhaps, contraception doesn’t so much end life, but rather, prevents a cellular process that eventually may develop into a human being.
At early stages of development, a human fetus resembles a mouse’s embryo, a pig’s, a monkey’s and many others species. And, each human cell carries the complete genetic code needed to produce an entirely new individual.
So, if we are devoted to protecting life, should we refrain from scratching ourselves — consequently destroying the complete human genome in our discarded skin cells? And if sperm and eggs both contribute to life’s beginnings, aren’t we preventing human life every time we use a condom or some other contraceptive devise?
The relevant issues involve contraception, rape, incest and protecting the lives of mother and child. The issue can no longer be addressed as a simple matter of black or white, and should not be determined by any arbitrary laws enforced by our government.
Paradoxically, conservatives reject the idea of government control, yet think anyone whose daughter is raped and needs the day after pill, or whose wife may die during childbirth, should be legally prohibited from pursuing medical options that might greatly minimize a families suffering, or save the life of a member?
Peter W. Johnson,