Letters to the Editor

Right to life

April 30, 2009


To the editor:

I could not agree more with Jon Hudson (Public Forum, April 27) in his support of “our Constitution” and “think(ing) twice before allowing anyone to change that vital document” or its companion document, The Declaration of Independence.

However, that second vital document does identify “right to life” as one of its guarantees. When one aborts a late-term fetus, one does not abort a blob of tissue or any of the other terms used by those who support complete freedom of choice regarding pregnancy. One kills a baby, a blob that has become a human being with “right to life,” thus tampering with “that vital document.”

I therefore do not commend the governor for her action “when she vetoed the late-term abortion bill.”

Cook is from Lawrence


John Kyle 8 years, 4 months ago

How would someone change the Declaration of Independence?

Confrontation 8 years, 4 months ago

Looks like ibroke needs to be more concerned about the "pursuit" of an education.

John Kyle 8 years, 4 months ago

Quoting the Declaration of Independence does not explain how the author fears it will be changed. It cannot be changed. The Constitution can. And by the way, our government is 'ruled' by the Constitution, not the Declaration of Independence, and although it is one of the most incredible documents ever to be written, any claims it makes on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have no bearing on the governing of our country. It has to be in the Constitution to have any bearing on our government.

kmat 8 years, 4 months ago

Barb also needs to read and understand the law on late term abortions. They aren't done just because someone decides they don't want a kid when they're 6 months pregnant, they're done to save the woman's life. Good grief. Our education system has really failed so many.

feeble 8 years, 4 months ago

Cowards! How else will we remove the Tyranny of King George from our wombs without forthright and zealous belief in this declaration of our independence? Give that zygote a blunderbuss and let freedom ring!

rtwngr 8 years, 4 months ago

kmat - What you fail to understand is that late term abortions are performed because someone decides that they no longer want a baby. Maybe the father left after a promise of marriage. Maybe the young lady can no longer fit into a prom dress. (Yes, that really happened.) In this state a butcher named Tiller can get another doctor, whom he pays, to sign off on the mental instability of the mother and then perform murder for $5000. This is an indisputable fact. Former United States Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, publicly stated that in his 38 years as a pediatric surgeon he, "was never aware of a single situation in which a pre born child's life had to be taken to save the life of the mother." As far back as 1967 Dr. Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood acknowledged, "Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness like cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life."

rtwngr 8 years, 4 months ago

I invite anyone who is curious about abortion and the effects, here is a link to a pro life site. There are some graphic images there. It is not to sensationalize but to educate as to the truth. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Additionally, anyone that is struggling with a decision about abortion right now can find help there too.


rtwngr 8 years, 4 months ago

Let's all just be intellectually honest about this whole issue, shall we? It isn't about rights. It's about convenience. There is no such thing as an unwanted child just an unwanted pregnancy. An unwanted pregnancy is inconvenient. That is no reason to end the life of another human being. Patients with dementia or alzheimer's disease are inconvenient too. We could make the same arguments about them that we do about an inconvenient pregnancy. Currently we don't euthanize our aged. Is that next? When do we start referring to them as something other than human in order to assuage our own consciences? People, look at our society! We kill our most vulnerable children because of inconvenience! Then we stand aside and say, "Well I am personally opposed to abortion but I can't impart my morals onto someone else." Do we speak out against racism? Do we speak out against homophobia? Do we sit on a jury, listen to a prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a murder has been committed in our society, and then deliver a "not guilty" verdict because we don't want to impart our morals onto someone else?

AjiDeGallina 8 years, 4 months ago

The bible condones abortion and actually instructs priests to perform it on adulterous women.

funkdog1 8 years, 4 months ago

rtwngr: Yes, let's be intellectually honest. To say that there's no such thing as an unwanted child is extremely intellectually dishonest. Children are thrown away every day, all over the globe. Children are sold into slavery, forced into porn or the sex trade, left to rot in meth heads' apartments, or even allegedly killed by their own selfish parents, i.e. Casey Anthony. To say that "life" in this way is preferable to abortion is intellectually dishonest.

rtwngr 8 years, 4 months ago

funkdog1 - So your point is that because there are abused children in the world we should allow children to be killed in the womb upon demand? There are people sold into slavery, drug addicted, and forced into prostitution in parts of the world that are not children. That doesn't mean we murder our fellow citizens because these atrocities exist.

Ask yourself this question: Is it alright for a mother to kill her child one week after birth if she decides that she can't provide a decent life for him/her? Then ask yourself: Is it alright for a mother to kill her child one week before birth because she decides she can't provide a decent life for him/her? The first scenario is illegal. The second is not.

One last thing. Do us all a favor before you reply and investigate how a late term abortion is performed. If you can, in good conscience, defend that, then there is something wrong with your moral compass.

jonas_opines 8 years, 4 months ago

"So your point is that because there are abused children in the world we should allow children to be killed in the womb upon demand?"

The point seemed to be simply that you were being far from intellectually honest, merely passing off your rhetoric and opinions as truth.

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