Ramifications of personhood

04/16/2014 5:57 PM

04/16/2014 5:58 PM

Recent letter writers promoting the idea that fetuses should be legally designated as entities having a right to life as “persons” have not considered the ramifications of such a designation.

Various studies have found that the number of spontaneous abortions in this country far exceeds the number of medically induced ones.

Common factors that have been related to causing spontaneous abortions are obesity and the consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

So if a pregnant fat woman smokes, drinks beer and coffee, and then disposes of the results of her miscarriage, are we really considering sending her to prison for murder?

If she doesn’t miscarry, is she still guilty of attempted homicide?

The possibilities for prosecution are endless.

— Larry Mason, Azle

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