The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

April 13, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, April 13, 2014

Elect leaders who will respect dignity of life

I am writing in response to the March 23 letter titled “Voters must consider more than one issue.” James McGraw blasted Kayla Kessinger for being a one -issue voter. In fact, Mr. McGraw denounced all of the “one-issue voters” in our country. That being said, I am a two-issue voter. But, I have friends who are one-issue voters, and I don’t hold it against them.

It’s important to recognize that not all issues are of equal value. In other words, certain issues, such as abortion, are more critical than others.

Science has proven that life begins at conception. An unborn baby’s heart starts to beat after only 18 days. And, unborn babies feel pain before 20 weeks of gestation.

Obviously, abortion is an extremely violent, painful procedure for the mother and her unborn child. Many people now realize that abortion is a gruesome way to end the life of an infant in utero. Unfortunately, not all politicians believe that unborn human beings have the right to life. They think that it is morally acceptable to kill an innocent baby inside of its mother’s womb under certain circumstances.

For pro-life supporters, it would be unconscionable to vote for a candidate who agrees that abortion is a woman’s right. As a Catholic Christian, I could never support a politician who is pro-abortion. Voting for such a person would violate my religious beliefs, and my conscience. Some issues require us to take a strong stand — especially when it is an issue of social injustice.

A baby’s life is just as important as an adult’s life. No one has the right to terminate the life of another human being. Remember, Horton the Elephant said, “A person is a person no matter how small.” We would all do well to remember this. And, we should only elect leaders who respect the dignity of every person — including unborn Americans. After all, our politicians have the responsibility to protect the weakest, and most vulnerable members of our society. Even if those members are too tiny to vote, they still deserve our compassion and love.

JoAnn L. Fuir


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