Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

"While there's life, there's hope," said Marcus Tallius Cicero (106-43 B.C.). Indeed, as humankind marches to its destiny life by life, we remain optimistic that, ultimately, good will trump evil. It may not always be apparent, but when confronted with moral struggles we somehow find ways to rise above our disputations.

What brings these things to mind are the recent killings of three adults and a nearly full-term baby in New York City. A drunken driver was charged with causing three deaths as well as a variety of other crimes. Yet, as we go to press, he has not been charged with killing the baby. If the mother had aborted that child, she would have been charged with murder. Surely any debate of when it became a human is over.

Yet the hesitancy of authorities to bring an additional charge on the baby's behalf raises an interesting aspect to the larger issue of when life begins. Especially since technology has reached the point where doctors can keep a fetus alive at three months, the time prescribed by law to determine what (or who) is alive and, therefore, protected from being killed. …

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