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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Extending abortion?

The governors of New York and Virginia signed documents last week "legalizing" the premeditated murdering of babies as they were being born. Virginia's Ralph Northam went on to explain, "I can tell you exactly what would happen: The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, used the word "infant" three times. "Infant" is defined as: "n. 1. A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe" (Webster's 1828). He does not explain how long the "discussion" would last while the infant is being "…kept comfortable" and awaiting its fate. What we do know is the infant is alive, a living, breathing person eligible for naming and a Social Security account number. According to Northam, if the "discussion" results in a decision to end the infant's life, it may be killed with legal impunity by simply classifying the murder as a "late-term abortion!" Didn't Pennsylvania try and convict Dr. Kermit Gosnell for killing viable infants?

Since we reckon age on a lifeline continuum from birth until death, has abortion now reached the "legal" point where any murder might be considered little more than just another late-term abortion? If so, have Govs. Ralph Northam of Virginia and Andrew Cuomo of New York signed documents legally authorizing their own postpartum abortion? Just asking.

Leonard R. Schmidt

Carson City