No matter how you word it, pro-life claims are faulty

To the editor:

Father Weary claims, yet again, that slavery and abortion are the same thing. I completely disagree. In fact the only way that they are in any way similar is that slave owners dictated what their slave did and proponents of pro-life want to dictate what women do with their own bodies.

I would also like to know where Father Weary got his medical degree as the group of cells in a woman’s womb goes through four stages before being classified as a baby or child. They are zygote (not a baby), embryo (again, not a baby), fetus (again, not a baby) then comes the fourth stage known as birth either through natural birth or C-section. Then it is classed as a baby or child.

As for mentioning the movie “Unplanned,” yes I have seen it. Did it make me physically ill? No, it did not. Did it change my mind about being pro-choice? No, it did not. As for Abby Johnson becoming a pro-life fanatic, so what? Good for her. She was obviously brainwashed into believing the propaganda from the pro-life movement.

If the pro-life movement have their way, then back street abortion clinics will open up and more women will die due to botched abortions done by doctors like Dr. Gosnell.

More women will be forced to perform home abortions by themselves due to people like Father Weary who have no idea of the issues that a woman faces before making the decision about whether or not to even get an abortion in the first place. For example, will carrying the pregnancy to term do more harm, possibly kill, the woman? Will the woman have enough resources to take care of the (once born) baby? Will the dad stay around or will he disappear like some dads do? All that pro-lifers care about is the fact that women are taking control of their own bodies, and, yes it is their body and a not man’s. You only have to see the changes that a woman’s body goes through to see that. All a man does is provide a sperm, nothing more.

Father Weary also mentions Alveda King, the niece of the great Dr. Martin Luther King. I bet Father Weary did not know that Alveda actually had two abortions herself. Kinda makes her a hypocrite, don’t you think? Another fact that Father Weary must be unaware of, 37% of women who obtain an abortion happen to be evangelical or Catholic.

Wow, seems they are going against the indoctrination of the church, must also mean that they do not want to be controlled by a church that is known for certain other activities concerning kids.

Considering that Father Weary used quotes in his rebuttal, I would like to use some in mine.

“Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men (or women) — presidents, Supreme Court justices, legislators, lobbyists — but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.” — Katha Pollitt

“We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.” — Jocelyn Elders (former U.S. surgeon general).

“Abolition of a woman’s right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the state.” — Edward Abbey.

Now as to when the conversation happened between myself and Father Weary in which he told me that he agreed that the Bible was full of contradictions. The conversation happened back in 2011 when I was taking classes at Penn State as an adult student. I remember it well. As an atheist (and, no, I will never turn to a mythical book for anything) he was and has remained the only person of religion I have ever spoken to.

George Fisher

Lewistown

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