When does ‘right to life’ begin?

To the Editor:

In the course of human events, on the 42nd anniversary of the emotionally charged Roe v. Wade, we are faced with one of the greatest moral crises that keeps our national house divided against itself since the institution of slavery. There are a great lot of people who believe that unlimited access to abortion is a moral and a human right. I proclaim differently, abortion is a barbaric institution that deprives innocent life without just due process, otherwise required by the 5th and 14th amendments of the Constitution. Some abortion rights advocates claim that a woman has an unfettered “right to choice.” Is the right to live, a right or a choice?

Proponents trumpet the tiny percentage of cases where abortion might save the life of woman who would otherwise die without it. Surely, the life of the mother or incest should be the only exceptions to abortion. The fact is that most abortions are used as a convenient alternative to adoption.

How can we remain a nation so dedicated to the proposition of “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and “that all men are created equal”, where the rights to life was completely and arbitrarily determined by a Supreme Court ruling issued by a plaintiff, and now that plaintiff is in great opposition to morbid establishment of abortion. The pro-choice lot and their noisier cousins the “pro-abortion” crowd, who support an establishment of the bondage of life that is held in the mortal hands of mere convenience, that institution has set loose over 56 million individuals since Roe V. Wade. Does a baby inside the womb have less a right to live than a newborn? Don’t all human beings have equal rights and equal protection under the law? Who has the right to deprive another of life solely on the factor of convenience? Yet we are still a house divided against itself, one that cannot stand much longer unless the great moral crisis of our time can be determined by the principles of the Declaration of Independence, which shall not perish from the earth.

George Hoyt