For John, BLUF: We have a big murky area that is our consensus as to when life begins. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Washington Post Columnist Sally Quinn takes on the brouhaha over Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, and his view that (1) life begins at conception and (2) all life comes from God. From the Candidate:
"I struggled with it myself for a long time," he said, "but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."Mr Mourlock believes life begins at conception. Ms Quinn writes:
Here’s the problem: All of these guys are anti-abortion. They believe life begins at conception. Therefore, they believe an abortion is murder. So if that’s true, how can they possibly believe it is okay to murder a fetus (a fully realized person in their eyes) simply because of the way the child was conceived? This is baffling. I admire Mourdock for telling the truth about what he believes.OK, so if we think Mr Mourlock is flat out wrong, when DOES life begin?
Remember, in a few days those readers from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will get to vote on when life becomes no longer supportable as life. I write that with a level of trepidation for what my future might hold.
Regards — Cliff