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Tricky question remains: What is life?


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By GREG EICHELBERGER
Sun Advocate reporter

On March 9, a guest editorial appeared in the Sun Advocate entitled, "Now it's Utah vs. women," by a certain Tamar Abrams of Minute Man Media. The piece goes into detail about how a proposed law in Utah would consider criminal prosecution who suffer miscarriages.

The author does not site what specific law she is referring to and I, for the life of me, cannot fathom a statute which would penalize a woman for undergoing one of the most traumatic experiences of a lifetime. Thankfully, Abrams clarifies her opening statement a bit, writing "the proposed law would enable the state's prosecutor to pursue women who seek illegal, unsupervised forms of abortion ... and an intentional, knowing or reckless act" that leads to a miscarriage.

Uh, excuse me, but that's a far cry from the previous line written to introduce this opinion piece. The rest of the article then veers off into ad hominem attack on pro-lifers, actually accusing some of proposing laws which would make it criminal for women to smoke or use illegal drugs during pregnancy (by the way, aren't there already laws on the books for using illegal narcotics - whether one is pregnant or not?!).

I'm sorry for the digression, but it seems this law - practical or not - might have stemmed from the recent case in which a woman had a male friend try to beat the unwanted baby out of her. Measures and ordinances usually come from situations like this. That doesn't mean it's a worthy avenue to pursue or that those of us who actually believe in the sanctity of life, in the wonderful power of a prospective mother and the awesome responsibility that goes with it, should be tarred and feathered with another broad brush wielded by liberal pro-abortion fanatics trying to make a point

Nobody wants to talk much about abortion, but I will. For over 35 years women have had the right to terminate a pregnancy - with few restrictions - and that's fine. It's the law of the land and will most likely never be rescinded. It doesn't mean, however, that there are no consequences. For those who believe as I do, every abortion takes away a life (or "potential" life, if you will).

That life could be wasted or invaluable - it's really not up to us who are already born to make that determination.

Abrams tries to reinforce her credentials later in the story by writing, "As a woman who had an abortion during college, I can say that choosing an abortion is never easy." I sympathize with her if she truly agonized over that decision. I cannot judge anyone but myself. There are thousands of women every year who have to make this horrible choice - but the problem is the choice is sometimes far too easy.

Laws trying to restrict the procedure - even slightly - are constantly being struck down in many state and federal courts. This includes the recent California referendum in which the parents of a minor child have NO rights whatsoever in keeping their daughter from obtaining an abortion - none. Roe vs. Wade was bad law in my book, but it's law nonetheless. It's one of those things one looks back on and wonders just what happened to our nation.

Since then, pro-abortion forces have tried to restrict the rights of parents and others while tacking on even more horrific forms of pregnancy termination, including late-term abortions in which - many times - the fetus is quite viable outside the womb.

Now, before some of our readers start calling me a pro-life, anti-woman, right-wing, racist, homophobic, bigoted MAN, let me say that, like Abrams, I, too, have credentials. Several years ago, my step-daughter came to me in tears and indicated she might be pregnant. She was not yet married to her boyfriend (now her ex-husband) and did not know what to do.

While I'm no doctor (Phil or Laura), I indicated that if she was indeed pregnant, her mother and I would do whatever was right for her. If she chose to terminate it, that was her decision - I would be sad, but it was her choice. I did tell her, though, that if she did want to have the baby, we would help raise and support it. Bringing a child into the world is not the worst thing a woman can do. Giving that child to a loving set of parents is probably the best thing she could do.

True, there are plenty of horrible parents out there - I run into these creeps on a daily basis. They have licenses for driving, dogs, hunting and fishing, but any idiot with a normal sperm count can have a kid.

Still, there are others who are wonderful and loving role models; and many who yearn for the opportunity to raise and nurture children.

Therefore, for all of the anti-life rhetoric out there about how poor, ignorant women need to give birth to only "wanted" children, the option of adoption exists and cannot be discounted. As long as thousands of couples are aching for little ones to love (even going as far as China and Russia to obtain them), as long as there are individuals with so much to give an unwanted child, then abortion should be the choice of last resort.

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