Letters to the Editor - May 1

May 01, 2012

Journal of Medical Ethics paper is a must read

To the editor:

The latest gift of the Enlightenment, justification for infanticide, comes in a Journal of Medical Ethics paper, “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?” The authors claim “that what we call ‘after-birth’ abortion (killing the newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled” and “the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant ...”

This is “ethical” and further “it should be permissible to practice an after-birth abortion on a healthy newborn, too, given that she has not formed any aim yet.” To them, a baby is not a person until it has established an “aim” for its existence. How’s that for ethics?

They reject the term infanticide in order “to emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child.” And euthanasia is out “because the best interest of the one who dies is not necessarily the primary criterion for the choice, contrary to what happens in the case of euthanasia.”

Two other statements jump out: “children with severe abnormalities whose lives can be expected to be not worth living” and “such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.” When I was about 15, there was trial at Nuremberg where we hanged a bunch of men for implementing programs to rid us of people with “lives not worth living“ or who were “useless eaters.”

The editor states “The goal of the Journal of Medical Ethics is not to present the truth or promote some one moral view.”

Google the complete paper. It’s a must read.

Richard Giovanoni

Obamacare threatens our federal republic

To the editor:

In a pure democracy, 51 percent of the people can vote to spit in the cornflakes of 49 percent of the people. In a federal republic, the 49 percent sometimes get to snatch the bowl away.

Federalism, the process whereby you push most political questions to the lowest democratic level possible, is the best political system ever conceived of for maximizing human happiness.

A one-size-fits-all policy imposed at the national level has the potential to make very large numbers of citizens unhappy, even if it was arrived at democratically.

Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, D-Mass., was famous for saying, “All politics is local.” The people of the state of Massachusetts voted for Romneycare because it was the health care system the majority of the people in that state wanted for themselves. Please note: They did not try to impose their will on the people of the state of Arkansas, who might not agree with them.

The Commerce Clause (VI) was put into the Constitution by James Madison to halt the ruinous practice of the states levying tariffs on goods coming into their states from other states. At the time, it helped to make us a federal republic, but, oh, what a hornet’s nest he stirred up. He certainly did not envision anything like the tangled web we’ve woven for ourselves today.

If Obamacare is upheld by the Supreme Court, pray for a Republican sweep in November to preserve our federal republic.

John Cable

All answers are in the Lord

To the editor:

I’m writing in response to “Five senses offer proof that God created man.”

God created everything, even knowledge of science. The Bible speaks to us in parables. Why? The same reason we speak to our children in parables. Our doctors speak to us this way, too. Science proves God has the technology to do things the Bible says he did.

The answer to why is love. The answer to how is temptation. The answer is in the Lord. Read the Bible to answer your own. We were given more than five senses. We forgot how to use them.

Joseph W. Owen IV

Society progresses despite hatred toward gays

To the editor:

I read with interest the letter “What’s next, a gay television channel?” It is odd that I see so very many letters about sex. Bad economy? It’s about contraception, according to Rick Santorum. Can’t get an education? That’s no issue. It’s about gay marriage, according to the letter writer.

Be aware that your constant whining about sex is an advertisement that hits us in the face and gets rammed down our throats over and over again about the very thing that you despise. Not every Christian agrees with you and not every person is of your religious persuasion.

By the way, LOGO TV is a gay and lesbian TV network that has been on cable and Dish since 2005. We get it on Comcast in Greencastle. Your “next” happened seven years ago. A recent headline in the Chronicle of Philanthropy read “Giving to Gay Causes Tops $770-Million.” The Foundation Center tracks grants to gay and lesbian causes, and allows you to see who makes grants to gay and lesbian organizations in their materials. You’re way behind on what you hate.

While it may become increasingly popular in many venues to pander to various members of the latest-growing “baby-boomer” and older generation who consider themselves the last “good” generation to inhabit the planet, it is a comfort to know that society progresses slowly forward despite this. I have scoured the paper, and, for example, I cannot find any executions open for public spectacle. Whatever happened to the good ol’ days? We need them back so we can deter our children from doing these bad things.
Robert A. Roush
Greencastle, Pa.

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