I'm responding to Amanda Owens' letter on abortion - and, as she suggested, I will leave "religion" out.
Abortion is not just about "religion" anymore than stealing, rape, assault or murder are about religion.
Since I believe these are wrong, is it enough for me to just not engage in them? Or I could also counsel others not to engage in them - would that be enough?
As a society we recognize that laws are enacted to protect, as much as possible, everyone's rights. A man does not have the right to do whatever he chooses with his body. He doesn't have the right to rape someone or molest a child. We recognize that in doing so, he would be harming an innocent person. His rights have to be restricted in order to protect the rights of others.
Whether you choose to believe it or not, a baby growing inside the mother is alive. A heartbeat can be detected within weeks of conception.
It will continue to beat unless stopped, either naturally or unnaturally, by some other means. There are those who believe there are reasons that justify stopping that heartbeat: I'm just not ready; I can't afford it; it's just not convenient right now. All of these reasons would still apply to a newborn, yet we don't allow women to terminate their newborns. We all recognize the life of a newborn should be protected. There are those of us who believe that protection shouldn't just apply to those lucky enough to travel that short distance down the birth canal. A baby isn't less of a baby just because you can't see it. ...
Are we finally ready to say "enough"? Let us again value human life and be willing to endure whatever hardships it may take to see that every child has the most basic right - the right to life.
Joyce Morris, Appling
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