Squirrel and Roe v. Wade
To the editor:
Warm greetings. Yesterday I saw a squirrel get run over by a car. It raises a question about when life begins and when life ends.
According to Pro-Life, life begins at conception, and a heart murmur occurs at six weeks as God begins his wonderful, cozy warm 9-month assembly line of “knitting us together in our mother’s womb.” (Psalm 119:13)
Since everyone agrees that death is the ending of life because we cease breathing, does it not follow that life begins when breath begins?
If life begins at conception and is independent from breath, then how do you define the squirrel’s death, or mine?
I am in full agreement that God is at work in forming me and knitting me together in the womb. The womb is a warm assembly line where God is intimately forming us. And at about six weeks of pregnancy the egg implants itself in the womb and the female’s blood and amniotic fluid can circulate around the egg providing it oxygen.
But oxygen is not breath. Breath, according the National Library of Medicine, “is composed of up to nine different compounds, not just oxygen.”
Further, the Bible specifically states that life doesn’t begin until God provides “breath” into my nostrils. “God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”(Genesis 2:7) Also, Job 33:4 repeats the same content, namely, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
In both Bible verses life does not begin at conception but when God breathes into the nostrils of the squirrel and into my nostrils God’s breath.
That is the Biblical foundation upon which I am Pro-Choice. It sure elucidates when life begins and when life ends. That’s my religion.
I am Pro-breath, Pro-Choice and Pro-democracy! Like me, 63% of U.S. citizens are Pro-Choice. The U.S. Constitution authorizes diversity of religious belief not unanimity.
Roe v. Wade must be retained!