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He stands by his 1988 statement that, “For practical reasons, spirits need to be fully embodied in order to be treated as persons in our system of jurisprudence. In this light, I think the U.S. Supreme Court was wise in citing physical viability as a prerequisite in contemplating the rights of the unborn.”
In addition, he wrote, “poorly done” abortions are a threat to women’s lives and health. “I think they must have authority to decide what happens inside their own bodies.”
But Mr. Chamberlain laments “very late abortions,” which he called “extreme abuse.” He also advises women who are troubled by their pregnancies to talk about it with their unborn babies.
The woman may realize, after listening to her baby, that she can continue with the pregnancy, he told me. Or, the baby may agree with her and resolve the pregnancy with a miscarriage. “We get this feedback from therapists all the time, so we know it’s not a fluke.”
There’s a spiritual element in pregnancy that shouldn’t be forgotten, he said. “I don’t think there would be anybody there without a soul driving it.”
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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