As a Catholic and a Democrat, like so many other
Angelenos, I know and respect people on both sides of the
abortion issue. While it often seems like there could not be any
"middle ground" in this most emotional issue, I believe that
it not only exists but is the law of the land.
As I have read in the Times and in other
trusted sources over the years, the best scientific evidence is
that the growing brain of an unborn human being does not develop
the nerve connections required for thought, feeling, and
awareness until approximately the 28th week of pregnancy. Before
that time, although the fetus may look fully formed and may
exhibit reflex reactions, it is no more "brain alive" in
these first stages of life than someone who is "brain dead"
in the last stages of life (The same people who in good
conscience fought legislation outlawing "pulling the plug"
on brain-dead patients are also leading the fight against
Although many on both sides of the abortion
issue refer to the Roe vs. Wade decision, few know exactly what
it says. As I understand it, the Supreme Court, after thorough
deliberations, has allowed few restrictions on abortions during
the first two trimesters (when most are performed) but many
restrictions during the last trimester (I personally find "partial birth" abortions wrong, the killing of an actual
baby). This decision seems well founded on the best scientific
evidence and, thus, wise.
God made us human by blessing each of us with a
brain, of whatever IQ, to discover His truths. Whether or not
such "facts of life" please us, it is our responsibility to
face them in our dealings with others. From understanding comes