Weather Forecast


Letter: No, not big government to protect another helpless life

By Donna O’Keefe, town of River Falls Pro-choice advocates accuse pro-lifers of ignoring women’s rights. But their argument omits one key fact.

Pro-lifers, and therefore, pro-life Republicans, believe that pregnancy involves more than one human being with individual rights and civil liberties.

Protecting the unborn as other helpless humans are protected is basic to good government. Government is not compelled to protect those able, but unwilling, to protect themselves.

Big Government, however, intervenes in decisions people can make themselves. It decides how many mammograms or PSA tests an adult can have, when the medical community must deny a dying child a transplant, when someone is too old for a hip replacement, and when a dementia patient should die.

Big Government tells taxpayers they must subsidize the birth control of all capable adults. It insists that bureaucrats, and not parents, know best how to educate and protect their children.

Big Government denies the health risks of abortion in order to support choice. It’s blind to abortion clinics that are cesspools.

It ignores the willful murder of babies who unexpectedly take a breath during termination. It determines that administering a transvaginal ultrasound is more invasive than entering a uterus to dismember its living contents.

Then, it demands that all taxpayers subsidize the consequences of its reasoning.

Pro-lifers believe that, with rare exception, women have no moral right to terminate their unborn children; that denying the unborn protections that other helpless humans receive reduces our humanity.

Treating “fetal tissue” like a wart is to deny science: Fetuses are humans with unique DNA. By five months of age they feel pain, suck their thumbs, and respond to sound.

Is it “extreme” to offer transvaginal ultrasounds to determine fetal age before sentencing the unborn to death? Or reasonable effort to prevent fetal pain?

Shouldn’t all human life receive humane treatment?