Pain laws extend rights to children in the womb

Re: “Can fetal pain laws be first step to protecting life?” (News Analysis, April 17).

I can hardly put my thoughts into words after reading the article regarding the fetal pain law in Utah.

Sen. Curtis Bramble, who sponsored the bill, called “Protecting Unborn Children Amendments,” pointed out that protection from pain for the unborn is the same protection that our society offers convicted murders on death row and to animals euthanized in animal shelters. How sad to equate the life of an innocent human being with the others.

I do hope this bill opens the eyes of abortion rights advocates who feel it’s a private matter between a woman and her doctor. This article will be on my mind for a long time, and I pray that more states make it law if abortion can’t be stopped.

Leida Compton, via email

Protecting children

Re: “Can fetal pain laws be first step to protecting life?” (News Analysis, April 17).

Absolutely it can be the first step. The scientific evidence is conclusive: “It” experiences pain while you’re killing “it.” If “it” feels pain, then “it” is alive, and if “it” is alive, then the next question is, “What is ‘it’?” And once that answer has been recognized and acknowledged, we can move on to protecting the most endangered species of all: human beings.

Toni Vercillo, via online comment

Pope’s gesture

Re: “3 lessons from Greece” (Editorial, May 1).

There are many Muslim nations in the world where these individuals could have fled. On the same note, in those Muslim nations, Christians are persecuted. While I appreciate the gesture that was made, it was unlikely to have been made with full knowledge or acceptance of the circumstances.

Shelly Gale, via online comment

‘Just war’ theory

Re: “Powers: Catholic social doctrine is ‘just peace’” (News Analysis, May 1).

It’s difficult to discuss peace with someone who just wants to eradicate you. The radicals only understand violence. When someone is at war with you, you must defend yourself or capitulate.

Joe Vasapolli, via online comment

Political candidates

Re: “The dilemma of democracy” (Guest column, May 1).

I really don’t think it’s possible to find a third-party candidate who fully embodies all of the teachings of the Catholic Church. I would be glad to vote for a third-party candidate, although I think it’s almost impossible such a candidate would win if he or she had positions on the major issues that were in accord with Church teaching. About two years ago, I became a registered independent. Why? Precisely because neither party has a platform that matches the teachings of the Church.

Tim Donovan, via online comment

Avoiding pregnancy

Re: “Did Pope Francis endorse the use of contraception?” (News Analysis, March 6).

The Holy Father said that avoiding pregnancy is “not an absolute evil.” Is there any reason to believe he was referring to contraception and not to chastity? He was quoted with no context except to say abortion is an absolute evil, but the reporter may have been buying into the modern culture’s assumption that every woman just has to be engaging in sexual activity. This is by no means true.

For couples, including those with the Zika virus, natural family planning can be 99 percent effective if applied correctly, or the couple may live in a Josephite marriage and avoid it 100 percent of the time.

Thank you for a wonderful publication, which has become my very favorite reading.

Shirley Starke, Valley City, North Dakota
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