Moral need to speak truth­fully

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In the April 16 opin­ion piece, “100 days of Demo­cratic lead­er­ship in the House,” House Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin Mc­Carthy states, “We have fought tire­lessly against in­fan­ti­cide, a bru­tal prac­tice of mur­der­ing in­fants born alive af­ter a botched abor­tion; this is not a pro-life is­sue — this is a mat­ter of do­ing what is morally right.”

Given his stated de­sire to do what is moral, is it too much to ask that the con­gress­man rep­re­sent­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s 23rd con­gres­sional dis­trict not lie?

Abor­tion is a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure. “In­fan­ti­cide” is not part of the pro­ce­dure. The con­gress­man might have used “lateterm” abor­tion in­stead. But this too is a pro­ce­dure that does not ex­ist.

The words we use mat­ter. The foun­da­tion of moral­ity as taught to chil­dren in­cludes the ad­mo­ni­tion to not tell lies.

Be­cause the con­gress­man is not us­ing med­i­cally ac­cu­rate ter­mi­nol­ogy when dis­cussing the med­i­cally com­plex sub­ject of abor­tion, he is spread­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion. This is the op­po­site of his moral and eth­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to tell the truth when com­mu­ni­cat­ing to his con­stituents, col­leagues and the gen­eral pub­lic.

– Jeremy E. Gren­e­myer, Chowchilla

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