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A fetus is not a person

Commentator Maria Santo's specious arguments for why everyone should be of the same mind about abortion only reinforces my conviction that the decision of whether to continue a pregnancy should be up to a woman and her doctor ("Dishonesty underlies abortion law," March 5).

Ms. Santo's intellectually dishonest use of the word "child" in reference to the unborn is a poetic and linguistic ploy that paints everything with one long, obscuring brush stroke.

We do not all agree that there is no difference between a fertilized egg, a fetus at six months and a two-year-old child. To claim otherwise already begs the question.

People like Ms. Santo who argue this way ignore the symbiotic relationship between a fetus and the woman carrying it. It is not a separate entity until it has successfully endured the process of birth.

This is why the people of Ireland are currently going through a collective angst as they review the case of a woman whose dying fetus ultimately poisoned her to death because she could not legally obtain an abortion there — or even legally leave Ireland to obtain one.

I'm not interested in promoting abortion. I share with Ms. Santo and other spiritual-minded people a belief that life is sacred. But that term should not dictate the actions we take.

People who like to display cute images of fetuses with little heads and stubby fingers and toes ignore the dark reality in the background in that picture. It's the woman carrying that tiny creature. How did we lose sight of her?

Samuel Castiglione, Randallstown

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