Letters: Legitimate concerns; Roman Catholic questions; what people forget

No easy issue

Larry Mason writes that the unborn are not U.S. citizens. But U.S. law protects not only its citizens but all persons under its jurisdiction — citizens of other countries or of no country (stateless persons). So the real question is, “When does someone become a legal person?”

Most opposition to abortion is motivated by religious superstition. But even for those who think rationally — who don’t consider mythical entities such as gods and souls — the onset of legal personhood is debatable.

A fetus one day before delivery and a baby one day after delivery have almost identical physical, mental and emotional capabilities. For legal purposes, we definitely do need a bright line to designate the beginning of legal personhood. That point is not fertilization — a freshly fertilized egg is not a functioning individual human. But it’s not obvious at its birth, either.

A woman has the right to control her own body. She doesn’t have the right to kill a legal person living inside her body, if that is what, at some point, an unborn baby becomes. It’s neither an easy nor an obvious issue, no matter what either side claims.

— George Michael Sherry,

Fort Worth

Legitimate concerns

Melanie Lemley’s letter amazed me.

How can anyone call the fears of such a disease with a mortality rate of 70 percent, no gender, race or political preference as unwarranted? She calls the Republicans fearmongers when they are asking for a sound policy regarding travel to/from the affected area. This administration consistently contradicts itself, and some of what is said defies common sense.

Look at the money and resources used here involving the limited cases thus far. “Self-monitoring,” is like a lawyer representing himself, a fool for a client and look no further than here and New York.

Sound policy regarding volunteers treating those affected would be to shorten their tour by 30 days where they would then go to a holding area for the remainder of their tour. This should allow them to then travel freely home and remove any restrictions.

Keeping this disease regional is common sense. Use of chartered flights minimizes public exposure and gets supplies and personnel to where they are needed. No one is questioning the generosity of those involved and “her party” doesn’t have the corner on charity.

Has she extended her hands and said, “Send me”?

— Richard Lilly, Haltom City

Catholic questions

“Is the Pope Catholic?”

That question used to be a joke, but now one might seriously wonder. With frequency, Pope Francis seemingly takes positions inconsistent with the traditional position of the Roman Catholic Church.

It is all well and good for us to love others despite their mistakes, but part of that love involves bringing those persons to the recognition and admission that their actions are or were, in fact, wrong.

The Christian’s goal is to bring people close to God, and we don’t accomplish that most ultimate of good results by suggesting to people that they can continue to “live in sin.”

— Thomas F. Harkins Jr.,

Fort Worth

What people forget

Much has been made about Richard Greene’s Oct. 26 column. Not all negative responses are accurate or even true.

Bush admitted that Iraq did not have WMDs. True, but this was after we invaded Iraq and found no large caches of WMDs.

What has been lost is this: Saddam told his own military that he did have WMDs, if needed, to use during an invasion. The majority of the civilized world, including leading Democrats and Republicans also believed Iraq had WMD’s based on various countries’ intelligence services — not just the U.S. intelligence services.

Saddam violated the terms of the 1991 ceasefire for almost 12 years until we invaded Iraq and held him accountable. This alone was more than enough reason to invade and take him out. In that 12 years, he slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Kurds and Iraq citizens.

The fact that Saddam for over 12 years would slaughter his own people and would not abide by the terms of his original surrender is the reason we went to war; 9-11 just gave everyone a heightened awareness of how what happens in the Middle East can affect what other bad groups may try to do.

— Brent Beal, Keller