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Letters, April 27

More than a fertilized egg

I am so disappointed in your editorial page columnist, Leonard Pitts Jr.

I typically find his writing thoughtful, compassionate, even eloquent at times. However, his recent article referring to a woman that was charged with murder in Texas after authorities said she caused “the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,” was callous and insensitive.

He repeatedly referred to an embryo or fetus as a fertilized egg, clearly, to minimize the value of its existence. Immediately after an egg is fertilized by sperm, cell division begins resulting in an embryo. After about eight weeks of continued cell division and development the embryo is considered a fetus.

Shame on Pitts. He insulted all who view life as sacred.

And, I’m confused. If one contends that a human embryo is a human life then it would follow that the taking of that life is, indeed, murder. Conversely, many of those who are morally opposed to abortion condone abortion if the pregnancy is a result of rape. Isn’t a life a life no matter how it starts?

Dave Garcia

Medford

Free at last?

In a recent column by Cal Thomas, he states, “This is what freedom looks like: If you want to wear a mask wear one, if you don’t want to wear a mask don’t wear one.”

I can accept Thomas having that opinion, but I would ask that anyone sharing that opinion also accept the following statements. If you want to have an abortion have one, if you don’t want an abortion don’t have one. If you want to come to America, come to America, if you don’t want to come to America, don’t come to America. If you want to sleep on the downtown sidewalk, then sleep on the downtown sidewalk, if you don’t want to, then don’t.

I presume Thomas would agree that anyone who truly wants freedom would agree with all these statements. Anything less would be hypocrisy.

John Felling

Medford