After reading the letter sent in by Charles Becker ["Abortion still heinous, godless," The Reader's Voice, Feb. 8], I had to pick the pencil back up.
Becker started by assuming this generation is opposed to [abortion rights], and future generations will look down on the "godless" act of abortion. That isn't true.
This current generation is the most secular generation we've had, and it's reasonable to predict the coming generations will only continue to be more secular. For this reason, it doesn't matter how "godless" the act is to people.
He then states his idea on life is supported by facts. It isn't. You have to determine what kind of life you're describing. You say life begins at conception, even when we know it isn't a mammalian organism immediately. It's simply a cluster of unconscious cells.
When it comes to specifying life, the biggest factor is consciousness. So there's the question: Is a fetus conscious? Or, is it, like every other unconscious thing, just an arrangement of cells?
The answer to that, I'm sorry to say, Mr. Becker, is contrary to your position. We have no evidence supporting the consciousness of an embryo.
Then Becker added in a comment against homosexuals, objecting to their deserved rights, and ironically claiming it's our leader's fault that life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are in jeopardy. Have you ever thought that maybe the reason our freedom is in jeopardy, is because of people who oppose it as you do?
Your religion is yours; it's not a code that the rest of us must live by. If you have an issue with abortion, don't have one. If you have an issue with gay marriage, don't marry a gay person.
But please, don't infringe on others' lives simply because you wouldn't live that way yourself.