This is in response to James Peterson's Jan. 12 letter which delivers the standard pro-choice position. Abortionists constantly ask, "What about cases of incest or rape?" Punish the rapist. In either case, the child is innocent. "What if the mother's life is in danger?" A rare case. Only about 1 in 10,000 women perish due to pregnancy, and this is almost always due to complications in childbirth. It is not the unborn itself that harms the mother.
One may ask, "Don't you care about that 1 woman in 10,000 who does perish?" Historically, women have always endured the potential hazards of childbirth. Long ago, a woman would gladly risk her life to bring her baby into the world. But abortionists have slain 40 million to 50 million babies in America alone since Roe v. Wade. Certainly even a liberal can see the hypocrisy of killing millions to protect the fate of 1 in 10,000.
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Mr. Peterson accuses us of granting "supreme rights" to a fertilized egg, superseding the rights of the woman. Not supreme rights, merely equal rights. To abortionists, the fetus is unequal to other persons. But while liberals grieve for the Sandy Hook children, several years ago, when they were still in the womb, liberals would have considered these children as "nonperson" tissue. How does one prevent a widower from living without his wife after she dies bearing his child? Kill the child first. How do we spare a child from growing up without his mother? Kill the child. Which would the child prefer?
Mr. Peterson refers to the Guttmacher Institute for facts. This institute is an autonomous subdivision of Planned Parenthood, and its statistical methodology has been soundly discredited. Defend the right to live, not the right to kill.