Reactions to abortion murder verdict highlight chasm between advocacy groups

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  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    May 17, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    I don't think that life begins at conception. Therefore I have no problem with an IUD that prevents a fertilized egg from implanting on a uterine wall. A 20 week old fetus is not viable. BUT, terminating it looks a lot like killing a baby. Legally it may not be, but morally it sure looks like it. ]

    I would like someone from NARAL or Planned Parenthood or NOW explain their reasoning why an abortion is not murder. (I know, that everyone has a right to privacy, that the government should not be making medical decisions for women, they should not go into our bedrooms, etc, but all that ends at a brick wall -- is the fetus a living person. I would like someone to argue to me how they have reached the conclusion that a 20 week old fetus is not a human.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    Given our own practice of abortion, The United States has no business condemning Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China or Pol Pot's Cambodia.

    Given that so many of our political leaders are pro abortion, including president Obama, who as a state legislator voted to keep partial birth abortion legal. Why do we suppose that they are too decent to turn on us were they were to find it convenient?

    Human kind has not progressed enough that we ought to trust others completely for our safety or expect others to do right to us. Which is why individuals should not cede all power to anyone else including government.

    As further evidence look at history in this country of black people, the Indians, the Mormons and the Japanese. We naively suppose similar things could never happen again. Which is why the 2nd amendment retains its importance.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    One can argue (foolishly in my opinion) that abortion is good, moral and legal.

    However, it boggles my mind that anyone could construe the actos of Dr. Gosnell as anything but heinous crimes, showing a great depravity and callous disregard for human life.

    This is not a "chasm between advocacy groups," but a battle between good an evil, right and wrong, or legal and illegal.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    May 16, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    From a scientific, biological perspective, the one-celled fertilized egg, a zygote, is a human being. It is composed of genetic material from both the male and female parents. As long as it is metabolizing and the cells are dividing then to terminate that life is killing a viable human being. At only 22 days, the child has a beating human heart. People may for reasons of politically correct convenience, try to justify the taking of the child's life by arbitrarily stating that it isn't killing if the child is killed before certain stage of development. But the child is still dead and the persons who participate in the abortion are taking the life of a human being. There may be rare situations in which abortion is the best of poor alternatives (the life of the mother is placed at risk or the mother is the victim of rape) but to kill a child because it might interfere with the mother's career or education or for other selfish reasons is heartless and cruel and unnatural.