Letters: Abortion fuels debate
Therese McKenzie's letter, below, ran April 20, followed by Bernard Dalsey's response on April 27 (his letter follows).
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Letter: The unborn can't escape abuse eitherDear Editor,
The article on efforts to prevent child abuse caught my attention (Posters highlight efforts to prevent abuse, The Week, April 6).
I was touched by the posters that some of the area students had created, and I applaud the work of the organizations which are involved.
Seeing the pictures reminded me that there is yet another group of babies who are abused but whose plight is rarely publicized in the media-those unborn babies who are intentionally aborted. I feel compelled to speak up on their behalf.
Surely child abuse and abortion are both complex problems, and those who engage in these behaviors need our compassion.
Yet the complexity does not justify the mistreatment of innocent lives, which is why we speak out about child abuse. For the same reason, I choose to speak out for the sake of fragile unborn children and to remind prospective parents to handle them with care.
April 20, 2008
Letter: Life begins at conception, babies don'tEditor,
Regarding those concerned about abuse of the unborn (Letters to the editor, The Week, April 20), late in term, I agree with you.
For the first 30 years of my life I agreed with you completely. Having been adopted from birth, I have a natural hatred of abortion.
Early in term, these groups of cells are not "babies." Have you had any babies in your family? You can't freeze babies. The fertility clinics freeze these fertilized eggs.
I've never heard of any so-called "pro-lifers" protesting when the fertility clinics throw out the fertilized eggs.
A mass of cells early in pregnancy is not a "baby." Human life begins at conception. But a baby it isn't, and to call it so is insanity.
For many of us who believe in the soul, our belief is that the soul enters the body later in term. And ironic it is that many fueled with religious dogma and hatred are so afraid of some pre-born human fetus or mass of cells going back to the Creator.
I've also never heard of a single pro-lifer paying to help a poor woman raise her child. When is the last time any of these self-righteous hypocrites anted up 10 grand a year to help some poor woman raise her child?
They want abortion illegal from conception, but once a pregnancy goes to term you're on your own. Or they will talk about adoption as if it were as trivial as dropping off some shirts at the laundry.
I know some righteous anti-abortion folks who are also anti-war. Our nation has killed over 600,000 Iraqi children between the sanctions and the invasion and occupation of that country that did nothing to us. How many pro-lifers are concerned about that?
How many are concerned about our lack of national health care and our high rate of infant mortality?
April 27, 2008