Monday, November 07, 2022

Voting "No" on Proposal 3

(I'm re-posting this to keep it in play.)

Linda and I will vote this November, by absentee ballot. I just opened up my ballot, and took this photo of Proposal 22-3.

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We are voting "No" on Proposal 22-3. This is because we are against killing innocent, defenseless human beings.

We are troubled by the term "reproductive freedom," We see this as a euphemism for "freedom to kill your innocent, defenseless child." We disagree that our freedom should be employed to do that.

We believe the conceptus (the fertilized egg) is an innocent, defenseless human being. We see the term "viability" as irrelevant, and arbitrary, to the basic humanity of the conceptus.

We believe, if someone gets pregnant, that the conceptus is, precisely, their child, and that they are to love, nurture, and care for their child. As many do. (Sadly, not all do. And sadly, there are cases of incest, rape, and unwanted pregnancies. See how Francis Beckwith addresses these tragic situations - here.)

We believe the core issue is this: Is the conceptus a human being, or not? We believe it is, and remain confounded and unconvinced by any who think otherwise.

We believe the matter of allowing persons freedom to kill innocent, defenseless human beings is a moral, not a political, issue.

It is because of this that we conclude the following: It is morally wrong to take the life of an innocent, defenseless human being. We believe anyone who agrees with that statement will vote "No" on Proposal 22-3.

Abortion is the unjust taking of human life. This has been our position for decades. 


When Does a Human Life Begin?


(Frost on car window)

"An amicus curiae (literally, "friend of the court"; plural: amici curiae) often referred to as amicus brief is defined as the legal brief where someone who is not a party to a case assists a court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case. The decision on whether to consider an amicus brief lies within the discretion of the court. The phrase amicus curiae is legal Latin and its origin of the term has been dated back to 1605-1615. The scope of amicus curiae is generally found in the cases where broad public interests are involved and concerns regarding civil rights are in question." (From Wikipedia)

One of the legal briefs accepted by the Supreme Court in the Dobbs case regarding abortion rights concerned the following.

(From the brief.) 

"Amici curiae are biologists who work at colleges, universities, and other institutions in 15 countries around the world.

The fertilization view is widely recognized—in the literature and by biologists—as the leading biological view on when a human’s life begins... An international survey of academic biologists’ views on when a human’s life begins reported 96% of 5,577 participants affirmed the fertilization view. 

Fertilization, generally, marks the beginning of a sexually reproducing organism’s life and, specifically, marks the beginning of a human’s life, as it is the point at which a human first comes into physical existence as an organism that is biologically classified as a member of the Homo sapiens species."

When someone asks me why I am against abortion, my response is: Because I am against killing an innocent, defenseless human being.