Taking on a life of its own
A letter writer’s critique (June 12, “A living being is a life”) of my previous letter (about the nun’s excommunication because of her assenting to a patient’s abortion) needs a response.
A zygote and embryo are no more human beings than an acorn is an oak tree. Yes, a fully developed fetus as well as newborns are human babies and are due the rights specified by Roe v. Wade.
The definition of human beings described in dictionaries and philosophical texts (rationality, moral sense, relational ability and free will) still stands. Developed fetuses — newborns as well as children and adolescents — have rights but not those of full adults. Note our laws on voting, driving and ownership of property. Physically and mentally impaired adults are kept alive because of compassion and the laws stemming from compassionate adults.
I repeat that giving a potential adult (human being) a life priority over a fully developed human is both illogical and inhumane.
GeorGe m. riCker email@example.com