The Fetus & His or Her Gravida
nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 24 06:43:22 PDT 2005
Even if we take the medical language of pregnacy seriously, it tells us nothing about who is a person and who isn't.
The unborn child is called a "fetus," and her mother is called a "gravida." So now that we have masked both the child and her mother with technical terminology, let us remove the masks from both and recognize that the gravida is a woman and the fetus is a developing human baby. The child is not the mother's womb, but is a new human life. Abortion concerns two human beings (not to mention the father, who also is a person with an interest in the life of his child).
Roe will never be settled law. A society cannot forever permit violence to be inflicted on innocent life. This is the kind of injustice that can last only for a season, a season when selfish principles like the right to have sex without consequences triumph over the natural love and affection of parents for their children. I have had to live during that season. I hope my sons, and especially my sweet, gentle daughters, will live to see that season come to an end.
Welpton Professor of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
"When the Round Table is broken every man must follow either Galahad or Mordred: middle things are gone." C.S.Lewis, Grand Miracle
"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered." --The Prisoner
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