Dig­ni­fied buri­als for fe­tal re­mains

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Abor­tion foes switch tac­tics in Texas law,” ed­i­to­rial, June 12

Your ar­gu­ments against a new Texas law to re­quire that fe­tal re­mains from abor­tions not be treated as nor­mal med­i­cal waste are spe­cious.

An un­born baby is a hu­man be­ing, not an an orange or a mouse or a tree, and as a hu­man it has what­ever rights hu­mans have. The rights are “in­alien­able” be­cause they are in­her­ent in hu­man na­ture, not be­stowed by some­one else and not de­pen­dent upon the stage of de­vel­op­ment. We ac­cord all hu­mans our re­spect and treat them with dig­nity, re­gard­less of age or in­fir­mity, as fel­low mem­bers of our species.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the fact that all hu­mans have dig­nity has noth­ing to do do with “sham­ing women who choose to have abor­tions.” That is a to­tal non sequitur. Gregory Polito, MD

Whit­tier

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