I am writing in reply to John Gloor's letter of July 3-4 in the Mirror-Democrat/Times-Journal. I did not see it until recently.
As a child of God, Mr. Gloor, you were created with all your abilities, talents and personality as gifts from God. He also gave you free will to choose as you want. Hopefully the choices will be good and honorable and pleasing to God. He will never interfere with anyone's choices.
The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" states: 2270 "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right to life." 2274 "Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being."
Most of us share this opinion because we trust in God and His word.
In the first week of development the zygote or fertilized egg begins the journey to the uterus where it implants by Day 6. By Week 2 the heart beats with the child's own blood. Week 3 the backbone and spinal systems are forming. Week 4 the child is 10,000 times larger than the fertilized egg. Week 5 eyes, legs, and hands start developing. Week 6 Brain waves are detectable. Mouth and lips are present along with the formation of fingernails. Week 7 eyelids and toes form and there is a distinct nose. The baby kicks and swims. Week 8 every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, fingerprints begin to form, and the baby can begin to hear. Week 9 teeth are forming, fingernails developing, and the baby can turn its head and frown, also hiccup. Week 10 the baby can 'breathe" amniotic fluid and urinate. Week 11 the baby can grasp objects placed in its hand, all organs are functioning and a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation are present. Week 12 the baby has all the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord and thalamus. Vocal cords are complete and the baby can suck its thumb. Week 14 the baby's heart pumps several quarts of blood a day. (Source: Fetal Development from Conception to Birth)
These are just a few weeks of life for a baby, which Mr Gloor calls a thing.
I have an Amaryllis bulb which, by itself, lies dormant. It comes to "life' when I place it in good, fertilized soil and give it water. I place it in a semi-dark room for a few weeks until it sends up a shoot. It has been growing all this time. It continues to grow as the shoot is placed in sunlight and it becomes taller and stronger.
This all takes time and I could become impatient and disinterested. I could no longer care for it. Easy solution. I can stop watering it and remove it from sunlight. Of course, I won't see the beautiful flower it would have become. Oh well, it's not a person.
Mr. Gloor, be thankful your mother did not decide to abort you.