Today I would like to feature a letter to the editor (Clarion Ledger, MS) by my husband. He wrote this in response to a Nov. 6, 2013 guest column by abortion activist Sunsara Taylor. In her article, Action in Texas Intensifies Threat to Miss. Abortion Clinic, she expresses concerns that recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rulings, upholding anti-abortion legislation in Texas, may also threaten the abortion industry in Mississippi.
My husband writes letters to the editor regularly, but this one is my favorite. He speaks directly to the heart of the abortion debate and offers a powerful rebuttal to Ms. Taylor’s skewed opinions on life.
Today’s feature is his letter,
When Does a Fetus Become a Baby
“I always wonder about someone who says, “The truth: fetuses are not babies, abortion is not murder, and women are not incubators.” And, “Abortion on demand and without apology.”
The only truth there is women are not incubators.
My question to Ms. Taylor is: When does a fetus become a baby? Does the fetus just vanish and a baby appear?
I have a grandson who was born at 24 weeks and was 1lb. 10 oz. He’s now 11 years old. He looked like a baby to me when he was born, although a very small and sickly one.
If he wasn’t born until 28 or 32 weeks, is that when he would have been a baby? A full-term baby is considered 37-40 weeks. What if a healthy mother was in a car accident at 36 weeks and the baby had to be taken out? When is the transition from fetus to baby. Even though it is out of the womb early, do we have to call it a fetus for another week?
A life growing inside a woman is a baby. That makes abortion murder. Call it what it is.”
Nov. 25, 2013
Letter to the Editor
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