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Reader's View: Pain felt by fetus may not be comparable

After my last letter regarding abortion (Reader's View: "Woes worsen with 38 million more people," Nov. 22), I received a postcard from a woman in Duluth. She shared a point of view I hadn't heard before.

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After my last letter regarding abortion (Reader's View: "Woes worsen with 38 million more people," Nov. 22), I received a postcard from a woman in Duluth. She shared a point of view I hadn't heard before.

"Years ago, minutes before surgery, I completed a living will," she wrote. "If brain function ceased, I agreed to be disconnected from devices keeping my body functioning. It was my brain which determined my status as 'alive' or 'dead.' Comparably, an EEG doesn't show regular wave patterns (in a fetus) until week 25 of gestation. (Prior to week 25, there are only small neurological bursts in the brain.) So, essentially, to be consistent in applying the same standard to measure life as to measure death, people really shouldn't get too worked up over a termination of a pregnancy prior to week 25. At 58 years old, I knew that if I lost brain function, I'd be considered dead. Why would anyone claim that a 12-week-old fetus is a living person when no measurable brain activity exists at that stage of human development?"

Why, indeed? And if a brain isn't fully functioning, can the pain felt by a 12-week-old fetus be comparable to a fully functioning developed brain?

A letter in the News Tribune May 8 from a Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life official served as another example of an authoritarian male wanting to control someone other than himself (Reader's View: "Compassion needed for pain-capable unborn"). It's at the point of trying to control others that a "pro-life" person becomes a "forced-birthing" person and begins to demean others for not having the courage of their convictions.

In his book, "On The Contrary," Sydney Harris wrote: "Most moralists think they're following God's will - but what they're really saying, in their adverse criticism of society, is, 'This is how God would've made the world if He'd taken my advice.'" Arrogance, anyone?

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Gary Burt

Marble

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