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Letter to the editor: Abortion, slavery: Two Amerrican tragedies

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

The basis for the vast majority of our laws is to enable each individual to exercise their freedoms right up to the edge of another person’s freedoms.

In other words, we as Americans can do what we want until it infringes on the rights of others.

When it comes to abortion, and in an earlier time slavery, proponents develop arguments that reduce their victims to less than human status.

Many “scientists” and “physicians” came to the defense of slave owners proclaiming that “negroes” were in fact less than human. This approach is used because it removes basic human rights and treats the victims as property rather than equal human beings.

Slavery in America was a horrendous human rights nightmare that was thankfully abolished with the Civil War. Despite the pain and suffering inflicted by the slave trade, I firmly believe we 21st-century Americans will be viewed in history as a people more off base and accepting of the inherent evil of abortion than the people who accepted slavery before the Civil War.

Both were legal, and both will be viewed as horrible and inherently evil.

With our modern understanding of human development, it is inconceivable that we as proud Americans would allow the killing of a human baby inside their mother’s womb.

Consider that humans only produce human offspring; there is no doubt pregnant women have human babies in the womb. Following conception, the mother’s body begins a miraculous nine-month life-support cycle that enables the baby to grow and become prepared for life outside her womb.

The baby doesn’t gradually become more human, they gradually become more developed and mature. This step in human development is just as natural and vital as the other growing and maturing processes we experience as unique human beings.

From the moment of conception, there is another unique human life inside the mother. The life growing inside the mother is not her life; it is the life of the unique human being that is just as much human as we are. The person growing in their mother’s needs only the life-support system their mother’s body naturally provides. They are just as much of a person as a patient that needs temporary life-support in a hospital.

Legally, I fully support each person’s right to do what they wish with their body as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. This logic works when we fully comprehend and accept that babies growing and developing inside their mother’s womb have basic human rights.

Yes, for many of the weeks inside the womb, the baby needs the life-support system their mother’s body is providing. Just like the hospital patient, the baby’s need for temporary life support does not revoke nor diminish their status as “human."

Dan Tippmann