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July 25, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Population control may be God’s will

The Bible says that men (and women) are to be stewards of the Earth, and yet we are becoming locusts who would destroy it. A steward should protect and take care of our planet. Right as the global population is expanding to record levels, along comes reliable contraception, marriage between two of the same sex (who will have few, if any, babies) and safe abortions. I think this is God’s plan.

I tried for years to get pregnant but had a miscarriage at 20 weeks. It was a sad time for me and my husband, but after more years, we finally got our two wonderful daughters.

Most unplanned abortions, called miscarriages, happen in the first three months, and most planned abortions also happen in the first three months. I don’t think God would put a soul into a fertilized egg. There’s no heart or a brain yet, but even if there is a soul at this early stage, God would take it back to heaven. So I don’t understand the religious furor about abortion.

My opinion is that God puts a soul into the baby when it takes the first breath of life. If someone disagrees with this idea, they are able follow their own dictates. Unfortunately, some people are trying to push their own religious ideas onto everyone else and using government to do it.

I have faith that God’s plan will prevail before the Earth is destroyed and pray there are others who agree with me.

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  1. The religious piece aside, with dwindling resources and global warming the world needs to cut the population in half, not let it double. As batman said we can't eliminate the surplus but we don't have to save them.

    The law of nature says that any species will reproduce until it starves from over-population. It seems that we are almost there.

  2. Where there is human life, there is the spirit of God. Where there is the spirit of God, there is a soul.

    Carmine D

  3. Suppose a baby is born after 20 weeks and dies at birth or thereafter. Would the parent[s] have the right to bury the remains? Likely yes, if they are Christians and perhaps even if they are not. Why? Because there was something greater there than just human remains. There was spirit, there was life. There was a soul.

    Carmine D

  4. Janice very thoughtfully offers "Right as the global population is expanding to record levels, along comes reliable contraception, marriage between two of the same sex (who will have few, if any, babies) and safe abortions."

    She offers this as her opinion and what she has deduced from her unique point of view. In doing so she respects the viewpoint of others and makes no pretense that her opinion is the one truth or that one truth even exists. Bravo!

  5. Remember when President Clinton said that abortion should be safe, legal and rare? Surely a commitment to readily accessible and affordable birth control should be easily reached. Unfortunately what we have seen is a steady stream of morality-bound legislators intent on punishing women's choices.

  6. To some of the previous posters, I would add too that Roe v Wade in 1973 has seen the proliferation of doctors and clinics like those run by Kermit Gosnell. Carmine's rule: Federal laws accomplish just the opposite of what they intended.

    Carmine D

  7. @Carmine.....I call bovine manure on your comment. Please post some FACTS backed up by SOURCES about the "proliferation of doctors and clinics like those run by Kermit Gosnell." Let me speculate that there are more FACTUAL and DOCUMENTED instances of violent and sometimes murderous attacks on reproductive health clinics and staff than there are instances of doctors and clinics like Gosnell's.

  8. Pat:

    You're a smart man. But...if you believe that Dr. Gosnell and his clinic/staff in Maryland are the only city in the country with ones like it, all the proof I can possibly provide to you, from now until the day I die, would not change your mind. But, I'll tell you what I will do. The next one that is brought to light and goes to trial, and I promise you there will be more, I'll remind you.

    Carmine D

  9. Apologies for citing Maryland for Gosnell's clinic. It was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But, stay tuned. I suspect a city in Maryland will be the next.

    Carmine D

  10. Just to show I will keep my word, here's one link of many on the internet that won't cure your bovine manure illness:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-...

    Carmine D

  11. Regarding the massive global population: I was just thinking yesterday that Mighty Mankind has been a natural at over-populating, paving, polluting, and pontificating (i.e., delivering DOGmatic opinions). (I'd been thinking of Onion the dog's "incarceration." My thought was that Mother Nature would be better off if dogs ruled, rather than Humans.)

    Janice Herr addressed the "definition" that mainly divides pro-choice and pro-life advocates: When does a zygote become a fetus, biologically speaking. She made the crucial point that most abortions, like miscarrages, happen before three months.

    For me, Janice's reasoned belief that God condones pro-choice is as valid as the opposite stance. This is a personal and religious controversy that does not belong in a court of law. Until the pro-life advocates establish communes or facilities that will be responsible for the neglected and uncared-for resulting babies, they need to mind their own business.

  12. There is ALWAYS a problem whenever human beings attempt to govern their lives -- much less impose their will on the lives of others -- based on a collection of bronze-age stories.

  13. I know for a fact that in my life time the population of the planet has more than doubled. Some religious groups claim God will never destroy the planet, but I don't think the Bible mentions that man is quite capable of destroying our planet.

    I haven't considered your unique point of view Ms. Herr, thank you for the letter. You got me thinking.

  14. "I have faith that God's plan will prevail before the Earth is destroyed and pray there are others who agree with me."

    Herr -- good for you and your faith. For the rest of us who prefer to root our lives in reality, your pronouncements are completely irrelevant.

    "Where there is human life, there is the spirit of God. Where there is the spirit of God, there is a soul."

    CarmineD -- yet there is life everywhere without your god.

    "Unfortunately what we have seen is a steady stream of morality-bound legislators intent on punishing women's choices."

    wharfrat -- excellent point. The recent example Texas gave us underscores it!

    "For me, Janice's reasoned belief that God condones pro-choice is as valid as the opposite stance. This is a personal and religious controversy that does not belong in a court of law."

    mikki -- assuming you have a womb, bravo! Too many decrying Roe v. Wade have obviously not actually read it. The point was a woman's abortion decision made with her physician was within the penumbra of liberty promised by the 14th Amendment -- the bottom line being privacy. Meaning free from public meddling.

    "There is ALWAYS a problem whenever human beings attempt to govern their lives -- much less impose their will on the lives of others -- based on a collection of bronze-age stories."

    Emthree -- another excellent post. My problem is when those zealots force their brand of morality on the rest of us by public policy, much of it criminal. This is something I will ALWAYS resist.

    "To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride." -- H. L. Mencken, "Coda" 1920