Letters to the Editor

You have no right to someone else's body

Do you have the right to your own body? Of course, it’s your body. God gave it to you for a good reason, and also gave you free will. Each person has the God-given potential to do wonderful things. You also have the free will to abuse your body or even kill it. It’s your body, your choice.

Do you have the right to someone else’s body? You are not morally allowed to abuse or kill other human bodies except in the case of self-defense or government sanctioned wars. How do you know if it is someone else’s body? Easy — DNA. If it’s not your DNA, it is not your body.

Is that a fetus within your womb? If it started as an embryo, it has its own DNA and individuality which has never existed before and never will be again. Each human beginning has as much potential in its fetal DNA as it has when it is grown up.

Granted, that fetus is totally dependent upon you for nourishment and shelter and its communication skills are lacking, but it is not your body. Is helplessness and uselessness justification for a death sentence? Who of us hasn’t felt helpless at times or won’t possibly someday appear to be useless and a burden to others. When it comes to abortion, legality doesn’t equal decency or morality.

Joseph Mallie

Cedar Rapids

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