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Abortion is a social disease, not a religious debate

December 6, 2009

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THE BOSTON Globe acts irresponsibly when it allows letters like “Faith hijacks health care debate’’ (Nov. 28) to run. Jane Bright writes, “Views of abortion are based on our individual religious beliefs as to when life begins. Abortion is a religious debate.’’ Nothing could be more misleading.

Many who are pro-choice attempt to dismiss objections to abortion by characterizing them as based in religious belief instead of science. In fact, only the scientifically ignorant or obtuse would characterize the abortion debate as religious. The religious bearing of the messenger cannot invalidate the objectivity of the message. The abortion debate concerns unborn babies about whom there is no question that they are alive in their mother’s uterus.

Even though some religious people are among those against abortion, it is not a religious debate. Instead, abortion is a social disease whose eradication requires a more enlightened society, including the religious and nonreligious alike.

James Sherley, Boston

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