Letter to the Editor: Abortion questions

I write in response to the letter “Delaware abortion bills all about controlling women” by Eric Morrison.

I first object to the author’s insinuation that one’s skin color reduces or elevates one’s moral discernment. However, as I hope that was a quip and not a hard stance, perhaps Eric Morrison will condescend to hear the opinion of a 30ish year-old man of Pennsylvania-Dutch heritage, currently living away from his hometown of Dover.

Assuming that everyone in the abortion debate believes that killing innocent people is bad, the question of abortion hinges on when life begins. If it doesn’t begin until birth, then abortion up until birth would be fine. If life begins at conception, at a heartbeat, or viability outside the womb, what-have-you, then an abortion after that point would be “the taking of innocent human life” and immoral (murder). That is the question that must be answered.

The demographic breakdown of people who get abortions has nothing to do with that question. The frequency of abortions of whatever type has nothing to do with that question.

The author’s claim that pro-lifers mean to embarrass women (is too broad and shouldn’t have been made but also) depends on the answer to that question. Whether or not the decision to abort should be taken lightly depends on the answer to that question. Whether or not a women’s access to abortion should be “eroded” depends on the answer to that question. Whether or not abortion should be banned depends on the answer to that question. Whether or not people should be intimidated and shamed for choosing abortion depends on the answer to that question.

In short, the article was merely the statement of a position and said nothing (very little?) that should affect someone that is pro-life. It is representative of the sides’ inability to isolate and resolve the important question,“When does life begin?”

Think of the implications. If the pro-choice side is correct, then this bill is indeed unwarranted state control of reproduction rights. If the pro-life side is correct, then we essentially have state-sanctioned, “safe, legal, and rare” infanticide on a scale comparable (by the numbers) to the man with the little mustache.

This seems like a question we should answer.

Ryan Yoder
El Ejido, Spain, formerly of Dover

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