*Editor's Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View titled "Government shouldn't intervene in abortion," published in Wednesday, May 1 Lake Sun by Roy Moore.
I would like to comment on Roy Moore's May 1, Lake view titled "Government shouldn't intervene in abortion." Mr. Moore claims to be an independent Republican or Libertarian, generally in favor of less government, but he argues against attempts to repeal Roe v. Wade as an attempt to impose our values on the public by force of government.
The argument that government should not intervene falls flat on its face as soon as we recognize that Roe v. Wade itself was an act of government, i.e. the Supreme Court. That court tried to express the government's duty to protect life by a self-admitted, shaky definition of when life begins such as the baby could survive outside the womb, generally about five months or so after conception. Pro-choice advocates then began to use the more scientific term "fetus," instead of "unborn baby," t try to make it more socially acceptable. Yet science itself agrees that life begins at conception.
The issue is when life begins, and government does have a responsibility to preserve life. The moral view was dominant prior to the government's questionable attempt to redefine when life begins. Intentional killing of children, whether born or unborn, is a detestable, barbaric act.
I don't know Mr. Moore's age, but pro-abortion views are most prevalent in the post WWII "Me" generation, who put their own egotistic and selfish desires above all other considerations. Pro-abortion barbarians who feel pregnancy is unwanted, inconvenient, embarrassing, etc. to the feel that they therefore should have the right to kill the baby.
What one almost never hears in the back and forth arguments is refraining from what caused the pregnancy in the first place. People feel they have a right to immoral activity, but don't want to be responsible for the results. Prevention is simple: just refrain from the act which causes it or take precautions prior to sexual activity. And yes, previous generations were far more responsible in that regard than our present degenerate society. However, the "me first" thinkers ignore the fact that reproduction of the species is why God (or nature, if you are an atheist) created male and female, and the desire to have sexual relations is the natural way to keep the species reproducing.
There are many more aspects to the discussion. However, in response to Mr. Moore's assertion: yes, it is government's responsibility to protect life. The overturn of Roe v. Wade will be a great step in the right direction.