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Should Fight for Life

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It saddens me that the pro-abortionists fail to have the selflessness and courage to allow the fetus to come to term and experience the life that they have enjoyed, whether with the birth mother or with an adoptive mother ("Fight Club," Cover Story, Sept. 26).

Embryologists agree that life begins at conception when the sperm and egg unite. This new life is not just a part of the mother's body. Although the mother's body nourishes this new life, the fetus is distinct and genetically unique. This new life, having its unique DNA, immediately produces specific proteins and enzymes that direct his or her own further growth and development beginning at conception.

The fact that two lives exist is evident in the mother's medical care. Obstetricians treat the baby as an independent life. The baby is treated as a second patient, different from the mother. Subsequently, we come to the collision of rights between the baby to continue his or her life and the mother who feels she can extinguish this life. The Constitution of the United Sates guarantees certain rights, but the right to an abortion is not one of them. In fact, the right to life mandated by the Constitution should protect the unborn fetus, even at conception.

Law has traditionally upheld the rights of the fetus:

1. The fetus can inherit through a will, and even when there is no will.

2. The fetus can be a beneficiary of a trust.

3. The fetus can sue for injury.

4. The fetus is protected by criminal status on parental neglect.

5. The fetus is protected from the mother's objection to necessary medical treatment regarding the life of the unborn child.

The fact is that human life begins at conception. The killing of a fetus is ending a life, the same as if we were to kill any other human being. In light of modern day scientific evidence, how can we believe otherwise? Morality and law calls out for the abolishment of abortion.

Frank Solari
Richmond

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