Letters to the Editor

Once heart beats, life begins

To the Editor:

I’ve never written a letter to an editor but I cannot sit silent after reading Mr. Hoffman’s opinion that “fertilized eggs are not living beings.” Obviously he has never carried a child in his body and heard the heart beat nor felt the movement of the child.

I would agree with him that “fertilized eggs” often do not make it to live birth, but once the heart begins to beat, life begins! 

His reference to Exodus 21:22-25 and the fetus being treated as property does not take into account that women were treated as property in that day also. 

When Elizabeth’s unborn child (John the Baptist) leapt in her womb when Mary entered the room, in my opinion that is Biblical evidence that both Jesus and John were living beings in their mother’s wombs. 

Rita J. McElroy


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