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Letter: A false argument to oppose abortion

Protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington,

Protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2016. Credit: AP

A letter writer sought to equate people who opposed slavery and the Holocaust with forcing women to bear children regardless of their desire to do so [“Paramount reason to oppose abortion,” Feb. 12].

The writer’s position that zygotes and humans are identical is cogent only if everyone is forced to accept her belief that sentient human life begins at conception. The fact is that many people do not share her belief.

Also missing from the letter is any awareness that many people might find offensive equating the massive death and suffering of humans with the extraction of a collection of cells.

Presenting intolerance and a lack of respect for others’ decisions as altruism is a false argument. It is also antithetical to a secular democracy, which is what we are supposed to be living in here in the United States.

Cynthia Lovecchio, Glen Cove