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Letter: No justification for abortion

I'm writing about the Sunday, Aug. 18 articles regarding abortion. It was obvious a lot of time went into covering the debate. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be incredibly difficult and stressful for a woman.

The articles covered almost two full news pages. A lot of details were included, but missing was the terrible horror of abortion. The bottom line of the issue boils down to one thing. Abortion is the willful taking of the life of another human being.

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If the removal of tissue that was part of a woman's body was all that was involved, the debate wouldn't exist. If we threw away the excuses and considered each child as valuable instead of "wanted" there wouldn't be a debate. If we honestly faced the truth that abortion is really the taking of the life of a precious human being then there's no debate.

Two precious human beings are involved in an abortion, the mother and the unborn. The unborn at all stages of development is completely human. From the very moment of fertilization they have their own distinct DNA. They will always be human beings that never existed before until the day they die. None of that ever changes regardless of size, shape or where they live. The unborn's little body is distinct from his or her mom's. Each is an entirely different human being. Two hearts are beating. Each has a different brain and central nervous system, and may have a completely different blood type, skin color and gender. The little one may be doing something totally different than the mother - sucking their thumb or hiccupping even while mom is sleeping. Abortion clearly involves two living persons. Only living things grow.

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Size, skin color, level of dependency or where an individual lives (in the womb or outside) never diminishes the person's value. Nor does it justify taking their life. They deserve full protection as you and me.

Our lawmakers have willfully disregarded these truths and the technology that proves the same. They have reduced the life of a precious human being to mere chattel, just personal property. Our abortion providers have capitalized on this and grow increasingly wealthy. The debate continues only because we don't want to see the truth. The unborn is without a doubt a precious human being. There is no justification for abortion that is adequate.

Janice Airey

Westminster

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