Abortion is not the same as gall bladder surgery

November 12, 2009

The Sun's argument regarding the amendment banning the funding of abortions from government-backed healthcare is fatally flawed ('The anti-choice," Nov. 10). The comparison between an abortion and a gall bladder or kidney stone procedure assumes that a fetus is an infected organ or an abnormal collection of calcium. Rather, a fetus is the first stage in human life.

Regardless of one's religious views, it is an undeniable fact that the heart starts beating around 22 days after conception and stops beating when the body dies. The vast majority of the time an abortion is not a medically-necessary procedure like gallbladder surgery. The comparisons among the procedures are misleading.Peter Arrabal, Ellicott City


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