Women who get pregnant in Alabama through rape, incest, or unwanted ways have little control over what happens to their embryo/fetus. When women seek to end their pregnancy, criminal charges will be filed if a new law goes into effect. Felony abortion charges won’t be filed against the women or men involved with the pregnancy, though. Only doctors who perform or attempt to perform an abortion will face up to 99 years in jail.

Abortion is something I’ve never agreed with due to the lifelong impact it has on most women. But I don’t feel the government has any right to dictate religious beliefs into laws that regulate a woman’s body. Evangelical Christians believe an embryo/fetus has rights in the womb while other religions say a fetus has none...rights start only after a live birth. (Definitions of a viable fetus also vary by religion.)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the abortion law and said, “Every life is a sacred gift from God.” If that’s what she believes, then why does Alabama still have capital punishment laws that put criminals to death? And with the exceptions to Alabama’s abortion law making some abortions legal, doesn’t that contradict the governor’s religious doctrine of “every life is a sacred gift from God”? 

I’ve always found it confusing as to why Evangelicals accept miscarriages as divine abortions and then insist on outlawing human intervention to end pregnancy except when the embryo/fetus is defective, etc. Isn’t that kinda sorta hypocritical?

A woman’s decision to choose/not choose abortion should happen privately between herself and God, the guy, and her doctor. Government regulations should never be used to impose strict religious beliefs upon a woman’s body. Any such law should be held unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause found in the First Amendment.

How do Evangelical politicians justify abortion exceptions, wars, school shootings and death by lethal injection after passing this religious law called the Human Life Protection Act? Or does “Every life is a sacred gift from God” only apply to an embryo/fetus? 

Alan Hudgins

Baytown

 

(4) comments

rmartin

Really Alan, your comparing an unborn child who can't raise his/her hand yet to a criminal who choses to murder someone as being the same as taking a life...

baytownbert

"I’ve always found it confusing as to why Evangelicals accept miscarriages as divine abortions and then insist on outlawing human intervention to end pregnancy except when the embryo/fetus is defective, etc. Isn’t that kinda sorta hypocritical?"

This is why you should never write letters to the editor. The only sincere part of your statement is "I’ve always found it confusing". To be blatantly honest here, I found this to be true in most everything you submit. Just being real here.

Alan H

Another response for baytownblert, (aka BM). I'm amazed how BM was able to read my mind and know exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the article. Do you think he could be psychotic?

Alan H

Mr Martin, Jesus forgave the criminal on the cross after he repented. If pro-life Evangelicals say abortion is wrong, how can killing a repentant criminal be right? What does pro-life mean to Evangelicals who support laws, wars and guns that kill people?

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