Finally! A letter about abortion that actually makes sense. L.G. Connor of Ellicott City is absolutely right — before anyone can take a position on abortion they must first answer the question of when life begins (“When does life begin?” Aug. 6). And that's an easy one. The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms when life begins. In Genesis, chapter one, God answers that question himself. He forms a figure from the Earth, but it does not become Adam ("man" in Hebrew) until God "breathes into him the breath of life, and he became man.”
Clearly, life begins when you draw your first breath. That is when God places your soul in your body. Your soul enters your body with your first breath and it leaves with your last. The body is just a vessel — your being, your humanity, is your immortal soul. That's what the Bible says, and for the life of me I cannot understand why so many people, especially supposedly religious people, get this wrong. There is no question, no moral ambiguity. Abortion destroys an empty vessel, it does not kill a human being.
That is not to say that a fetus isn't alive, because it clearly is. So is a cow, or an earthworm, or a tree. However, simply being alive does not make something a human being. Having a soul is what sets us apart from other living things. Otherwise, every farmer and every lumberjack would be a murderer. And so would all of the rest of us who eat living things. Even the hardcore vegans would be murderers since they eat plants and plants are alive too.
So really, without some sort of religious or moral framework, there isn't any difference between killing a person and cutting down a tree. And that sounds like a pretty stupid position to be arguing. But if you follow your religious beliefs, the answer to the abortion question is crystal clear to anyone who can read. Abortion is not murder, as it does not take the life of another human being. It isn't any sort of moral question at all, it's simply a medical issue. I'm just mystified why the Pope doesn't get this one right. I'm sure he has a Bible kicking around the Vatican somewhere. If only he would take the time to read it.