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Letter: All life has moral status

All life has moral status

1:27 AM, Mar. 17, 2014  |  Comments
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EDITOR: My education does not begin to equal that of retired physician D.J. Freeman and I do not have any letters to add after my name. However, having been raised on a farm where we can observe nature as it works, I believe I can clear up something about life that he makes much too complicated.

The argument that an acorn is not a tree, nor a tadpole a frog, is not the point. Let us take a kernel of corn and a rock, plant them side by side in the womb of the earth, fertilize, water them and wait. Two weeks later, dig up the corn and you will find it has sprouted. Why? Because it has life.

If you crush the kernel of corn or acorn or destroy a tadpole, you may not have destroyed a corn stalk, an oak tree or a frog, but you did destroy something that had life. A fertilized egg will grow because it has life. The rock planted with the corn did not sprout. To deny a fertilized egg has life or that that life has moral status is to deny reality.

Gerald Molling,

Kronenwetter

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