To the editor:
I, for one, applaud Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd’s proclamation for Protect Human Life Week. (Kelowna Issues Anti-abortion Proclamation, Sept. 2 Capital News)
As in previous years, she must have known there would be negative responses from those who oppose what Right to Life stands for, but what is right isn’t always popular.
In Mark Pigott’s letter in the Sept. 8 edition: Moral Proselytizing Not On Mayor’s Job Description, he details what he views as rights to life, which are obviously in opposition to pro-life. I wonder if he would have taken issue if the mayor issued a proclamation for pro-choice.
Those who are pro-choice often claim it is the woman’s right to own her body and ignore what is happening to the other human body involved. Abortion stops a beating heart, period. Approximately 1/3 of all pregnancies in Canada end in abortion when the womb should be the safest place in the world for a child. The bright children of our future are being killed at a rate of more than 100,000/year. According to the Adoption Council of Canada, only about 1,700 children are adopted each year.
I completely agree that the right to life includes seeking cures for life threatening diseases. There have been many successful medical advances that have been made in stem cell research using adult and umbilical cord stem cells, which does not involve the destruction of human embryos. No cures have been found using embryonic stem cells.
With free will, the choice of how to leave the world is up to each person. However, suicide or euthanasia is always a tragedy as the life is ended before their time on earth is fulfilled.
Life is worth so much more than the suffering we experience.
Mark Pigott points out that two of these issues are legal, and one is close to becoming legalized. Legal and right are not the same thing.