Re: Nov. 19 letter from Martin Rosol, “Nothing complex about rights of fetus, mother”
Really? Dr. Rosol thinks a developing fetus is breathing? How does he think the air gets in there? The fetus gets oxygen through a pipe from its mother called the placenta. That cannot be called “breathing” in any normal sense of the word.
The distinction is not trivial. Our hearts rejoice when a newborn baby cries, because it has breathed, inspired, taken a spirit of its own. It is the beautiful sound understood through the ages to be the arrival of a new person.
In Genesis, God formed Adam out of clay and breathed life into him. So breathing has a special place in our spiritual understanding of life.
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In early gestation the fetus cannot survive outside the womb precisely because its undeveloped lungs cannot breathe well enough to sustain life. This biological truth has guided the politics and laws prohibiting abortion of a potentially viable fetus. The ability to breathe is critical in the calculation.
Abortion is wrong. There is psychological trauma to the mother and destruction of a potential life. Another path should be chosen. But those of us who oppose abortion need not resort to arguments that offend biology, spirituality, and reason.
Let’s deal with the problem of abortion more honestly. Perhaps then there will be less discord and more progress.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.