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Understanding brings responsibility, but most people will never overcome their chemical triggers, so it is up to the people who choose to understand to lead by example. It is up to them to teach the next generations as the evolution of intelligence stopped at the same time as learning complex language.

Yes, we went to the moon with a caveman’s brain, but a caveman could easily learn how to use a computer or a machine gun.

Peter Cook

Greater Taichung

The sanctity of life

In her letter to the Taipei Times, Flora Faun claims “Pro-life attitudes are the leftover expression of male dominance over women” (Letter, Nov. 19, page 8). She also tells us to “stay out of my womb.” However, Faun has forgotten what a womb is. I am proud to be a pro-life mother.

I feel deeply touched every time I read the passages: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you and before you were born, I consecrated you” and “Behold, children are a heritage from woman, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Whether you credit the source of the womb as God or evolution, the purpose of the womb is beyond dispute: to allow a woman to carry within herself and nurture a new human life; to become a mother.

Being a mother does not begin when the child is born. When a woman is pregnant she can feel the life that is inside of her womb. All mothers talk to this little person often, enjoying feeling this precious new life in their bellies. The mother carries her child for nine months with all the love and tenderness she can give.

So it is false and dehumanizing to say that abortion is just like having a tooth removed. Abortion erases human lives; lives that can never be rebuilt later like teeth through dental restoration.

I agree with the opinions stated by Edmund Ryden in a recent letter (Letter, Nov. 14, page 8): “Human rights cannot be established without morality because our lives are interconnected from our inception in the womb of our mothers. The life-giving mystery of a mother’s womb should not be reduced to a political slogan.”

I want to end by quoting Dr & Mrs Willke: “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child ... and if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

Clare Yeh


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