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The abortion debate has everything to do with religious freedom – Brospar Daily News

This review was written by Paul Manganiello, MD, MPH. Manganiello is professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine and co-medical director of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction.

I was born into a loving Roman Catholic family and, luckily for me, the family was pretty pragmatic. I was educated in a Catholic school but became agnostic at a Catholic university. A few years later, while in medical school, I met my future wife, and we are currently practicing Lutheranism. As my belief system has evolved, so has my position on abortion.

In the 90s, my mother had a stroke that left her paralyzed on the dominant right side of her body. She is very religious and although she cannot go to the local church every day, she can watch various Catholic church services on television. During a visit to her home, the teachings of theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas were discussed on the Catholic Channel. They were discussing his teachings on the “humanization” of human beings.

The current official teaching of the Catholic Church that human life begins at conception is relatively new and not hermetic. This is what Pope Pius XI’s 1930 encyclical on marriage “Casti Connubii” states.

Saint Thomas (around 1300) recognized the material and spiritual dimensions of all living beings: plants, animals and humans. The term for the spiritual dimension is soul. He proposes a hierarchy in which human life will demand more respect. He writes that human life goes through stages of development (humanization). In this case, the embryo will have a “vegetative” soul at conception, and as the embryo develops further in the process, the fetus will acquire a sentient and “emotional” soul. At some point during the ongoing process of development, when God sees fit, the human organism will be endowed with a “rational” human soul. In the time of St. Thomas, “acceleration”, the mother’s perception of fetal movement, usually occurred around the fifth month of fetal development and was seen as the acquisition of a rational soul and the transformation of a human organism into a human being. being.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito claimed that “Roy was horribly wrong from the start. His reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision had devastating consequences. His pretension, the pinnacle of human pride! Justice Harry Blackmun, who expressed the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973 humbly said, “We don’t need to solve the problem of the beginning of (human) life. When people trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy and theology fail to reach any consensus. At this stage of the development of human knowledge, the judiciary cannot speculate on the answer. »

What I’m trying to say is that the Supreme Court judiciary is still unable to “speak” on opinions. The Alito ruling on behalf of the majority was the culmination of conservative, ‘ruling from the bench’ judicial activism that plagued Republicans for years when the court was not dominated by the conservative justices we have. today.

Alito’s argument makes a twisted decision due to the need to explain the original intent of the founding fathers, “originalism”. His three objections to Law and Casey: “Abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution, and this right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision”; the right to abortion is not “deeply rooted in the history and tradition of this country”, “the legality of abortion, and its limits, will be The most important questions in our democracy try to convince themselves then vote.”

Alito’s reasoning is incomprehensible. When the constitution was written, black people were not free and some of the founding fathers owned slaves. Women don’t have the right to vote and we don’t have equality in marriage. The founding fathers allowed constitutional amendments such as 14e MODIFICATIONS, PRIVACY AND 1Pierre Amend the constitution because they consider it a “living” document.

This is exactly why we need the federal government to make decisions that protect the rights of all women. It’s like we’ve gone back to when black people were fighting for civil rights in the southern states. Black people would still be living under Jim Crow laws today if President Kennedy and the next federal government had not acted.

The Dor Va-Dor, a Jewish congregation in Florida, is challenging the state’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The plaintiffs argue that the ban violates “free exercise clauses” in state and federal constitutions because the law regulates life from conception. This goes against the applicant’s religious beliefs. This also violates 1Pierre Amendment to the US Constitution “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion.” Florida law is particularly conducive to the “white Christian nationalist” worldview. The Jewish plaintiffs do not believe that human life begins with conception, but rather after a baby takes its first breath.

The current Supreme Court makes our country less democratic; instead, he tries to make us into a Christian theocracy. Most Americans have to forcefully retract that claim. Abortion is not murder; it is a medical option. A person/person is not only conceived but also born.

The medical definition of an embryo is a human organism (not a human) that forms at conception/fertilization and evolves into a fetus after eight weeks of development. At 20-24 weeks, the fetus has the potential to live independently from the mother. An embryo is not an unborn baby/child, but an embryo; a fetus is not an unborn baby/child, but a fetus.

We are a religiously diverse nation. We all have the personal right to believe that an embryo/fetus is an unborn baby/child, but this is a personal religious belief. No religion should have a monopoly on morality. To quote Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “You have the right to have ‘your’ opinion (belief), but you don’t have the right to ‘own’ your own facts.”

We all need hope. It may take a while, but the “shocking” decision will eventually be reversed. Please vote for Proposition 5/Article 22 this fall.

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