COLUMBIA — Roy Blunt, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, rants against “big government,” yet he wants the government to force women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will. Thus, Blunt advocates government tyranny.
The notion that a human life begins at conception is an opinion; Blunt is entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to impose his opinion on others. There is no religious, philosophical or scientific consensus on when a human life begins. The Bible is silent on the question, and persons of faith disagree. The claim that a human life begins at conception is not supported by many medical and scientific organizations and was refuted in an amicus curia submitted to the Supreme Court by 167 scientists, including 11 winners of Nobel prizes.
In a society that values individual freedom, the government must respect the right of women to make decisions about their reproductive functions.
Fortunately, Robin Carnahan, Blunt’s opponent, is committed to protecting the most private and intimate parts of women’s lives from government intrusion.
Robert Blake, M.D., lives in Columbia