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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2019 3:40 pm

Mr. Stillwell’s letter of May 22, 2019 defies reason, logic, and humanity. He opines that the recent laws passed in Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama that place certain limits on abortion are precursors of Sharia Law being implemented in America. A cursory study of the abortion issue with respect to most Western and Eastern religions will show that most if not all these religions forbid abortion unless the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother! The major difference is, countries governed by Sharia Law are typically theocracies, theocratic oligarchies, etc., and enforce the religious laws. Since America has freedom of religion and separation of church and state, Christian and other religious denominations cannot politically enforce their religious laws (nor should they), but they can excommunicate/admonish/censure their laity (politicians, voters, etc.) who support and enable abortion, but to date, have refused to do so. As a former Catholic, I explored this issue with some of the major Archdioceses in the U.S. and it is clear that beyond lip service, they are terrified to challenge their laity, especially, the lay politicians notwithstanding that 60 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade! For these religious denominations, taking such actions would not violate the separation of church and state, but would rather reinforce religious beliefs. In other words, if one does not adhere to the beliefs of a religion, they simply don’t belong to that religion.

Roe v. Wade was a somewhat limited decision in that it dealt with pregnancy “trimesters”. A mother had broad abortion discretion during the first trimester. During the second and third trimesters, the states were allowed some legislative control and discretion as the fetus became more viable, that discretion dealing with the pregnancy, vis-à-vis the mother’s health. The “mother’s health” has been somewhat of a “red herring” in that many studies show that less than 1% of abortions are done to save the life of the mother. Subsequently, there have been a number of cases that have caused abortion “mission creep” taking us to today when we are on the brink of infanticide!

What if we all just live by the Golden Rule? I don’t know any sane person who wishes that their mother had aborted them! And consider the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 that defines a “child in utero” as a member of the species Homo Sapiens, at any stage of development who is carried in the womb. Thirty-eight states have similar laws so defining a fetus.

I don’t know Mr. Stillwell’s family status, but I would wager that at some point in his life, he greatly anticipated the birth of a child. Before birth, if that child had been killed by a person or event, he would not have said, “Oh well, it was just a lifeless piece of tissue, so let’s move on!” We can’t have this both ways! A “child in utero” either has value or it does not, and that decision cannot be left to a random whim!

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