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Which is the greater evil, abortion or war?

John G. Edgemere's letter criticizing Rick Santorum for opposing abortion while being hawkish about the military is ridiculous ("Santorum's moral relativism should do well in S. Carolina," Jan. 17). If it's a matter of hypocrisy, then those who oppose war and the death penalty while championing the right to abort a fetus are just as hypocritical.

There are only two "pure" stances one can take on these issues: Either one is pro-abortion, pro-death penalty and accepts the necessity of some wars, or one is against all of them.

Once you step over the threshold to play God, and decide society should allow a life to be taken for one reason but not another, the arguments as to how the decision is made are nothing more than moral relativism.

Those who claim that the unborn are innocent know very well that innocent people die in wars and that innocent men and women have been executed. Either you believe we can take lives, or you believe we shouldn't.

Once you start defending one and attacking another, your reasons are based on something other than concern for the "evil" of abortion or war. For those who cheer one political candidate and attack another, it's typical politics.

For those like me, it's the cost. Wars are expensive. Housing prisoners is expensive. Welfare for parents who squeeze out children they don't want yet have to care for is expensive. We all have our beliefs, but let's not pretend that war is more "evil" than abortion.

Fred Pasek

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