Viewpoint: Writer responds to previous letter claims
A response to one of my letters exemplifies a major problem with human thought processes, or lack of them. The writer stated that he believed that what I called a mass of developing cells, was a baby.
I wonder if he believes it is a baby at the moment of conception, as some republican politicians would have us believe? We need to understand the process. First, the egg is fertilized, the starts to multiply by simple cell division. By no stretch of the imagination can this be called a baby, except by a wing nut republican. It is merely the potential of being a baby.
After billions of multiplications, cells start to differentiate, forming organs and limbs as a fetus develops. Still only potentially a baby. As the more complex organs, brains and nerves, start developing, the fetus develops the ability of semi-autonomous function. At this point, movement becomes possible. The process continues until the fetus attains self awareness at which point we can reasonably say “this is a baby” and have strong reservations regarding abortion.
Until that point, the needs of the woman in whose womb the fetus is developing, must take precedence. All the factors in a woman’s life, plus all the consequences, must be given full consideration in making a decision regarding abortion. Emotion is insufficient.
It is not reason, it is the very antithesis of reason and must not be used as the basis for a decision or an action. The Republican voter is unaware of this, with the result that the working class economy continues to decline. We are losing our jobs, homes, health care, education and our hopes for our children’s future. For their sake, please stop that now.
Barrie Johnson, Exeland