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4/21/2012 9:59:00 PM
Letter: Many 'accidents' are glad to be here


The debate over abortion continues. One side wants a woman to have the right to have full control over her body. The other side wants to prevent a mother from taking the life of her unborn child. These are separate issues. If the debate were only about a woman's right to control her own body, most would be in favor. If the debate were only about whether a mother should have the right to take the life of her child, most would be against. For about nine months, these two separate issues are mingled.

Some state laws are inconsistent. A person who takes the life of a pregnant woman could be prosecuted for a double homicide. But, if a mother chooses to end her pregnancy, there is no crime.

This is in no way a religious issue. It is about the right to live. With nourishment and a non-hostile environment, that which is called a fetus could grow and live 100 years. The decision whether or not to have a child can be made before conception. What about an unintended pregnancy? Many of us got here by accident.

Stephen Lee


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: Jeanette C

Actually James Madison's numbers aren't correct. He only goes back to 1973 when Roe vs. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

You see, throughout the centuries - indeed the millenias - women have and always will have choice. The only thing that has changed is rather than sticks, knitting needles, clothes hangers or back-street butchers, women have medically safe procedures available. ...

In the meantime, there's more than 50 million plus men who have played - and continue to play - innocent bystanders trying to convince others "hey, don't look at us, we accept no accountability."

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: If You Are Not Here, you won't Miss It

“Many 'accidents' are glad to be here” The fallacy here is that if you ‘accidents’ were aborted then you would never realize that you weren’t “here” in the first place. As such you would not miss the fact that you were or weren’t! The fact that every sperm and ova and resulting fetus is sacred, is nuts. The Earth is vastly overpopulated as a result of this distorted thinking, thats all we need 50,000,000 more people in the U.S.! It is the mother’s body, it is her choice.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: Well Stephen

Abortion wouldn't be such a concern if unfettered and truthful sex education was taught in schools, contraception was made readily available for sexually active males and females, including the day after pill and ru84. Keep the bible-thumping personal morality beliefs out of the equation. People are not stupid, stop treating them as such.

Remember, it is a choice or a necessity, maybe not one you approve of but it's not your call.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: gracie xx

In another touch of irony and inconsistency, even if a woman is murdered while on her way to the clinic to have an abortion, the murderer will be charged with a double homicide.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Smith

Mr. Lee - you make an excellent point about the inconsistency of state laws. With every abortion, a heart stops beating.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison

For those are here by accident. Welcome. And you are right about one thing, Mr. Lee. It is about the right to live. Too bad 50,000,000 of the unborn have had that right denied.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: SimonLexington .info

I wish there had been more genetic testing and screening in the early 1980s and I wish my parents hadn't been indoctrinated into believing abortion was somehow "sinful".
I wish I had been aborted, but now I'm stuck here with responsibilities and it would be inconsiderate and wrong of me to perform a retro-active abortion of myself.

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