Letter to the editor
Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm in Opinion
To protect the rights of the unborn, vote pro-life.
I am writing this letter in response to Thursday‚Äôs letter to the editor praising the Roe v. Wade decision and encouraging USC students to ‚Äútalk sex.‚ÄĚ I know my views are not going to be received well, but someone needs to speak out in defense of the other side of the issue.
The baby‚Äôs heart can begin to beat as early as eighteen days after conception. The unborn are not clumps of cells; they are humans. (I am not anti-science, as the author seems to assume of anyone who is opposed to abortion and birth control. I believe in evolution and global warming, and I support adult stem-cell research.) Some people seem to think that the unborn are human, but not persons deserving of rights. Who are we, though, to draw the line arbitrarily somewhere along the continuum of human life?
The idea that individuals or governments can decide which humans are persons and which are not is chilling. Historically, this idea has resulted in slavery and the Holocaust. I will be voting only for pro-life politicians this election season; advocating the right to life is not an extreme position to take. Likewise, supporting laws that protect unborn children is not about big government. It is simply about giving all humans the Ô¨Ārst and most basic of our unalienable rights: life.
Never having been in the situation of a crisis pregnancy, I can only imagine how difficult it must be.
Is it hard to carry a baby to term while being a student at USC? I am sure it is. But doing the right thing has never been easy. There are pregnancy help centers in Los Angeles that are ready and waiting to help women in need. Adoption is always an option; there are thousands of couples and families on waiting lists who would love to adopt a child. And yes, there are even couples wishing to adopt special needs children.
I believe in a woman‚Äôs right to choose a lot of things. But choosing to kill a baby goes too far. I do not support anyone‚Äôs right to kill another human being, no matter how little that human may be.
Vote pro-life in 2012.
Lisa Ebiner Gavit
Los Angeles County Coordinator, Rick Santorum for President¬†