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END RESULT OF ABORTION, MURDER IS THE SAME

In the last few months, at least two people have been charged with murder in the deaths of fetuses. Many in the pro-choice movement now find themselves in an intelligently untenable position.

Complaining that one cannot be charged with murder in the death of a fetus, they now must explain how terminating the life of a fetus at the request of the mother differs from the killing of afetus by a murderer. How does the author of the act mitigate the fact of the final result? A life has been taken.

Undeniably, a woman may find an unwanted pregnancy devastating, and in an attempt to relieve her very difficult situation, may make a painful but wrong decision. Society may understand and even sympathize with the woman who chooses abortion. However, society and the law, in circumstances of criminality, recognize that a fetus is a person.

What now? Is a fetus a person in criminal cases only, and only after its life has been terminated by someone other than the mother? I don't think so. A living fetus is indeed a person.

NICHOLAS D. MECCA

Williamsville

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