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Letter to the Editor: Wrong on abortion


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By WILLIAM SHARP
Castle Dale

Editor:

With so many issues facing voters in the upcoming election a clear straight forward stand on key issues may help many decide which candidates to vote for. It is obvious that the first duty of government is to protect innocent human life. Without this protection all other rights have no value. For example, if a candidate said they were for terrorist acts, against innocent Americans, most Americans wouldn't ask them what their positions on the economy, education, or healthcare is. The fact they are for terrorist acts against innocent Americans should completely disqualify them regardless of how good their other positions are.

In light of this reasoning a Catholic defense organization called Catholic answers has issued a voters guide based on the unchanging doctrines of the Church. There are five non-negotiable issues. These five current issues concern actions that must never be promoted by the law and can never be deliberately performed. No candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues. These issues are abortion, euthanasia, embroyonic stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual "marriage."

Though many Americans have all but forgotten about the millions killed by abortion, an honest look at what an abortion is, and at how many victims it claims, is enough to reveal that nothing outweighs its gravity among the many "life issues." Multiple Church documents have confirmed this insight, repeating over and over that the abortion tragedy demands urgent attention and priority and being wrong on abortion outweighs being right on other issues."

The full truth is, if you are wrong on abortion, you can't be right on other issues. To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and so forth, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all. They obviously do not belong to those who were snuffed out by abortion. Therefore, these rights cannot be human rights, because you have already said that not all humans have a claim on them. This trivializes those other rights and puts them on an obscure and questionable foundation. If you permit abortion, then, on what basis do you defend the other rights.

When one is wrong on abortion, one cannot be right on anything else.


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