One Man's Perspective
Two letters to the editor printed in the Feb. 7 edition of the SDR challenged your pro-life value set. The two writers seemed to be trying to convince the readership that laws coming (or already on the books in New York state) would not be taking the lives of babies in utero, in the birth canal or outside the womb. Supposedly, once the child reaches 24 weeks, he/she is free to continue. However, I am looking at the wording of proposed legislation for Vermont, which says in part: "Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an abortion." And further on, it continues: "a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law." This is H. 57, and is known as the Freedom of Choice Act. Sounds to me like the baby gets the short end of the stick!
Mr. Editor, you are a passionate, principled proponent of life at all stages. I know this from conversations with you over the years. The situations you cited in your opinion piece (which was deemed "ignorant" by one of the writers) could be considered more hyperbole than the normal set of circumstances. I'm thinking that you might agree with the one writer who points to children already dead in the womb, or missing the body part/capacity to survive more than a few minutes or hours on their own as exceptions to the "abort no child" caveat. I'm thinking that you are incensed (and rightly so, I might add) with those who advocate abortion on demand, because having a baby would be a "burden," an "inconvenience," or would somehow cramp their style. Am I right? In such cases, the child has no rights, as this or that legislature deems it "persona non grata," mostly because it isn't able to function outside the mother.
We on the pro-life side believe that all of God's children deserve the best chance possible for growing and developing into productive, fulfilled individuals. We are wonderfully made, all of us. Our right to life comes from our Creator, the God of love and life. No, we are not all conceived in love. That is not the fault of the developing child! Many childless individuals and couples wait years for the opportunity to adopt babies whose mothers and/or fathers believe parenthood isn't for them. That is a choice that is loving, and obliterates no one. That, I believe, is what you were trying to convey in your Jan. 28 One Man's Perspective. Write on, my friend.
— Bill Kersting, Spencer