Letter: Placing value on all human life

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To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The April 13 editorial "A pro-life issue" merits some highlighting.

"Neither the cardinal [Bernard O'Malley] nor the pope will shift from the Catholic Church's anti-abortion position, but they will both advocate expanding the church's definition of ‘pro-life' to go beyond fetuses. In the case of illegal immigrants, that means acknowledging their humanity and the difficulty of their lives."

In the Book of Jeremiah 1:5, God tells us we were in the mind of God before we were in the womb of our mothers. This is why all humans are sacred. Faith in this truth is a blessing from God. Therefore, all human life is to be cared for.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. stated: "Until recently in our public civil life, mention of God was taken for granted and prayer inspired by belief in God was a routine part of public, government-sponsored programs and activities. Without some transcendent reference point that binds all of us, moral value is reduced to personal opinion and a simple majority of voters.

"To speak out against racial discrimination, social injustice or threats to the dignity of human life is not to force values upon our society but rather to call it to its own, long accepted moral principles and commitment to defend basic human rights. The belief that we are a free people who recognize the sovereignty of God and God's law in our personal and societal life has long been a cornerstone of the American experience."

God bless America.

ELLEN MARY

DAGOSTINO

Lee


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