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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Personal issue or government decision?
Today's bloggerJoe Conason wrote this in the New York Observer.

For anyone who really believes that from the moment of conception every fetus becomes a human being, with the same inalienable rights as any other person, there can be no moral distinction in cases of rape or incest. When pregnancy results from a brutal crime, the perpetrator is not the fetus but the rapist. Yet many supposedly pro-life politicians still insist on that exception, despite its rejection by the Catholic hierarchy and Protestant fundamentalist theologians.

So how do I feel about this?

Well, I agree. Using rape and incest to sway voters is unfair to what the actual question is. The question is when is a fetus a human being. We have chosen not to deal with this issue and instead politicize a private issue because certain people do not feel that women can make an intelligent decision about their own bodies.

I think the decision to have an abortion is a philosophical decision and not a governmental decision. Sense when did we allow the government to tell us what to feel. Our thoughts and our life-styles are supposed to be protected under the bill of rights. You may not agree with a woman having an abortion or a woman choosing to give their child up for adoption or even leaving that child in an orphanage, but does that give you the right to regulate what that woman has decided to do?

My answer would be no. How can we believe that a government should tell us what to do with this fetus in our bodies? The government- which is comprised of bureaucrats and politicians pandering for votes, compromising away their beliefs for money, and bills that they need passed- should not be the deciding factor in our personal decisions.

Whether or not you agree with the idea of abortion should no longer be the issue. Now, the debate is when does human life begin and that my friends is a personal choice. You can not regulate each individual’s personal values and morals.
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posted by Carly at 3/19/2006 06:21:00 PM


Blogger Richard Campbell said...

We regulate individuals' personal values and morals all the time.

We have laws against prostitution, gambling, and selling alcohol on Sunday before 12:30 (or, in fact, at all in the supermarket on Sunday).

We have laws against incest and sex toys.

We have sin taxes...

3/19/2006 11:09:00 PM  

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