LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Protests on Providence respect guidelines

Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Concerning the concerns of Dina van der Zalm about prayers in front of Planned Parenthood:

I pray publicly there on Providence Road — the nearest shop of the national abortion purveyors, whose financial lifeline comes from the death of the unborn.

The scientific medical fact is that human life begins at conception, after which nothing intrinsic is added to a developing human being. Abortion is the direct killing of an innocent and defenseless human being.

I protest publicly against such an abominable activity.

Abortion also harms mothers — sometimes because of the procedure itself and many times because of the deleterious mental syndrome that affects these women.

I never shout to or harass clients and staff on Providence Road.

"Please do not argue with the Planned Parenthood staff, clients or protestors. Our purpose is to pray for the end of abortion and to offer help to those who are willing to accept it, not to debate or to argue with anyone. We want our words, attitudes and behavior to model that of Christ." This quotation is from the official written guidelines that we are to present to first-time participants. A guideline that I respect and hope that all other prayers do the same.

Edward Bode is a resident of Jefferson City.

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Ellis Smith November 7, 2013 | 7:33 a.m.

While I find abortion repugnant, I don't favor making it illegal. WHY? Because making abortion illegal won't cause abortions to cease. It will simply create an entire illegal industry, in time run largely by organized crime. Has everyone forgotten what a mess the Eighteenth Amendment caused?

That said, I find it curious there are among us people who agonize over death (accidental or felony) by firearms and/or about killing of animals but seem to be perfectly comfortable with killing unborn human beings.

Our word for today is "hypocrisy."

Prayer is a good thing (and I am not being facetious). Of course if you have no religion, or your "religion" consists of some utopian political concept...

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Tony Black November 7, 2013 | 7:57 a.m.

So should a fetus be a tax deduction? Shouldn't a pregnant woman be allowed to take that deduction?

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Michael Williams November 7, 2013 | 8:23 a.m.

"So should a fetus be a tax deduction?"

No. And neither should you.

I've never figured out why being human was associated with some sort of "tax deduction right".

Now you answer a few: Why is "humanness" and all rights thereof conferred simply by successful negotiation of a narrow, short, squeeze tube? Does some sort of metamorphosis happen in there, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly? When a pregnant woman and her fetus are murdered, should it be a double...or single...homicide? Should a fetus be allowed to participate in Obamacare, or are blobs eligible?

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Tony Black November 7, 2013 | 8:57 a.m.

So a fetus is a blob to you? I don't have an opinion as to double or single homicide. Depends on the jury. And if a fetus is a person, then yes, tax deduction and ACA eligible, in my opinion. A quick biology lesson, yes a metamorphosis does happen. The child breathes on it's own and becomes disconnected from the mother. Did you really not know that?

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Tony Black November 7, 2013 | 8:59 a.m.

And Edward, do all of the protestors follow the guidelines, or just some?

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Michael Williams November 7, 2013 | 11:11 a.m.

Tony: No, a fetus is decidely NOT a blob. To me, it is a human being. I simply used "blob" to reflect how many liberals view a human fetus, as some sort of semi-cancerous growth with human potential to be discarded by choice for whatever reason. My use of the word was an case you needed clarification.

No, it does not depend upon the jury. It depends upon what you, a citizen of this society who is responsible for electing those who formulate OUR laws, think a fetus is. It is intellectual cowardice and fuzziness to believe a fetus is NOT a human being, all the while believing it is ok to charge a murderer with the double homicide of a pending mother and her fetus. The very definition of "murder" is the killing of a human being. If a fetus is not a human being, how can there be a murder? You copped the question.

As for your biology lesson, metamorphosis is a rather quick change in physical structure through cell growth and differentiation. Birth is not metamorphosis and neither is hatching. I will admit that if the human fetus, in the act of squeezing through that narrow tube, appeared as a flying possum, you'd be right.

Did you really not know that?

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Tony Black November 7, 2013 | 12:14 p.m.

Caterpillar to butterfly, egg to human, I don't see alot of difference. And to clarify, I would have a hard time finding someone guilty of double murder in that situation. But,I know you wouldn't. That's your option. But don't force it on me.

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Michael Williams November 7, 2013 | 6:52 p.m.

Tony: Don't force it on you?

It's already forced on you. Kill a pregnant woman and her fetus, you're going down for a double homicide.

That is what society has decided.

When it comes to murder, a fetus is a human being. When it comes to abortion, it's not a human being.

Go figure. We're confused.........

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Joanne Schrader November 8, 2013 | 12:47 a.m.

Every 40 Days for Life participant signs and abides by a statement of peace.

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