Human Rights Should Begin At Conception

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Editor:

The inalienable right to life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception to natural death. From the first moment of existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person by civil society and political authority. The "right to life" is inherent in a person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took their origin.

The moment a law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen and, in particular, the more vulnerable, the very foundation of a state based on law is undermined.

Let these facts be submitted to a candid world:

1. Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of innocent human life and therefore is a form of homicide. The child is always an innocent human life and no law may permit the taking of this life. If, in the act of saving the mother's life a child is aborted, no one is at fault for the indirect abortion of the child.

2. Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible. Direct euthanasia consists of putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. it is morally unacceptable. Choosing euthanasia over life does not change the nature of killing an innocent person.

3. A human embryo is human life. Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo as disposable biological material. Recent scientific advances show that any medical cure that might arise from experimentation on fetal stem cells can be developed by using umbilical cords and adult stem cells. There is no longer a medical argument in favor of using fetal stem cells.

4. Cloning is in moral opposition to the dignity both of human procreation and of the conjugal union. Any form of creating human life without any connection with sexuality is contrary to the moral law.

5. True marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Any other definition of marriage undermines true marriage and is opposed to God's natural law.

We believe that the above articles promote Gods natural and moral laws and are for the common good of all the people.

Joe and Joanne Gasiel, Payson

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