Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Constitution V. Abortion

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Constitution V. Abortion

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The editorial "Uncivil Religion and a Doctor's Death," Aug. 11, was the most disturbing thing I've ever read in the Monitor.

I agree with the sentiment that assassination of abortion doctors is nothing but violent hypocrisy on the part of certain pro-life groups.

But then your newspaper sees fit to jump squarely into the worldly business of Roe v. Wade justification. This is more than disheartening. To gather that the US Constitution somehow guarantees the right to terminate a pregnancy, to destroy what any thinking person can at least agree is a developing human being, has to be the darkest hour in Supreme Court history.

Rape and incest victims aside, the right to choose, for men and women alike, exists at the point of conception. To try to avoid natural consequences through law instead of using law to strengthen a principled society would certainly be revolting to the framers of our Constitution. Scott Laningham, Boston The Constitution v. Abortion

While it may be that a person practicing a truly consistent and faithful Christianity might never choose to terminate a pregnancy, it is also true that for the same reason that person would not hate or do violence to her neighbor, even those whose world views and life circumstances differed drastically from her own.

Hating and combating those whose understanding of life differs from one's own can do nothing to improve society. It can do nothing to eliminate the causes of unwanted pregnancies or the circumstances that might lead a woman to terminate a pregnancy.

On the other hand, how much moral progress might we be able to make as a society if all who profess to follow religion based on love for God and man could find it in themselves to set a consistent example of compassion, sanity, and self-discipline? Mary Lynn Moore, Houston Independent thinking

The Danziger cartoon, Aug. 22, states that IBM tells its employees how to think. This was very disappointing. I worked for IBM for 13 years. I was never told how or what to think. …

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