- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2010


So now we have pro-abortion tweeting and bragging about past abortions and/or a woman’s false “right to choose.” (“I had an abortion, and it was fabulous,” Nov. 10, Commentary). What exactly are they trying to accomplish?

What a sad culture we live in when people can admit publicly they have killed someone without having to fear temporal punishment. I can almost hear pro-abortion supporters saying that it’s not even a human being, but there’s much proof that “it’s a life, not a choice.”

Maureen Condic, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said this: “Living beings exist, and we all recognize them - dogs, cats, mosquitoes, oak trees, people. As living beings, we’re all integrated, functioning wholes. We have parts that all work together in order to do the job of life. Sometimes diseases, injuries or defects - birth defects, for example - can compromise the functioning of the whole being. But even if a little baby is born without arms, a very unfortunate birth defect, we all recognize it’s still a baby.”

When Ms. Condic was asked how a clump of cells differs from a human being, she said: “Although collections of human cells are alive, they fail to work together in an interdependent, coordinated way to carry on the activities of life.” When further asked when a human being starts to function as a coordinated whole, she said: “The scientific evidence on this is very clear. You see this kind of holistic functioning from the moment when a new cell, distinct from the sperm and the egg, comes into existence.”

For those who see a life but believe it’s existence is a choice, please heed Pope Benedict XVI’s words: “Each of us is a result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”


Pittsfield, Mass.

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