In response to the letter to the editor by Louis Cascarelli (“Please support candidates opposed to abortion Nov. 3,” The Daily News, Sept. 30), who was wondering why more clergy don’t preach against abortion: It may be those who’ve studied the Bible realize the pro-life position that all abortion is sin is more conservative than some Scriptures.

I believe Psalm 139:13-15 — “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb; 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well; 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth” — is referring to one’s soul being created out of a body in the depths of the Earth.

Being knit together is a process that concludes with the soul being mated to the body and it happens with a slap on the bottom and first breath after birth. Similarly, I and many others, believe your soul leaves after your lungs settle in the last exhale of death.

Genesis teaches of God’s breath of life being breathed into clay bringing Adam alive thus reinforcing the union of breathing and life.

Just as Christians believe one moment you’re a sinner but can be instantly born again as a child of God, the Bible is filled with miraculous transformations similar to a soul binding with the flesh with one’s first breath.

Yes, a woman’s egg is alive when it begins to grow. It’s internal tissue as one’s appendix is and what happens to it should be her choice.

Once the baby starts breathing and is mated with its eternal soul, the important part to God that was created in a secret place outside the woman’s body, our current laws protect it.

This is important because pro-life supporters are trying to fill our courts with justices whose beliefs appear to be to the right of the Bible and America.

Gallop polls consistently show only about 20 percent of Americans want all abortions illegal, yet that’s exactly what the most extreme pro-life crowd are demanding.

Rodney Dunklee lives in League City.


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(12) comments

Mary Gillespie

Mr. Dunklee, you undermine your own argument by failing cite any scripture saying life doesn't begin at conception. So let me cite for you Scripture addressing the beginning of life:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV).

But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace . . .” (Galatians 1:15, RSV).

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for giving us through Christ every possible spiritual benefit as citizens of heaven! For consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world He chose us to become, in Christ, His holy and blameless children living within His constant care” (Ephesians 1:3-4, PME).

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…[saying] ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy'” (Luke 1:41, 44, NIV).

The Lord Jesus Christ began his incarnation as an embryo, growing into a fetus, infant, child, teenager, and adult: “While they were there, the time came for the baby to born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son” (Luke 2:6-7, NIV).

I pray you read more Scripture and learn the truth.

Charles Douglas

Ms. Gillespie, great response! You knocked the thing out of there! You had to LEAN in to it, my guess, because it went clean over the centerfield bleachers ....into the parking lot! Lololo. There is no telling how many people you have helped to know the Truth by your posting of the truth here! This author's Op-ed was very damaging and misleading to those who might be unlearned in The Word Of God! The Word Of God is clear about Murder, and LOVE for one another! It is also clear about Heresy, and Apostesy as well! To try to influence someone to believe a baby is not a full Human being until he/she is slapped on the butt is worse than the excuse they had back in SLAVERY TIME, when African-Americans were not considered full fledged men and women! What was it, they had going, ..they were 1/5 of a man or woman? Preposterous!! Thank the Lord for Mr. CASCARELLI, Ms. GILLESPIE, and other men and women OF GOD, who abide in the Truth, and are not afraid to let others know who they are!

Here is something to consider:

" Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it." ( Isaiah 5:14. ).

Dalton Logan

Bless you Mary Gillespie, [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

"Yes, a woman’s egg is alive when it begins to grow. It’s internal tissue as one’s appendix is and what happens to it should be her choice."

The fertilized egg has it's own DNA, only half from the mother. It is unique and distinct from the mother's "appendix".

Allison Mugnier

What you both fail to understand is that the United States is not a theocracy.

Carlos Ponce

The United States is not a theocracy but from the onset laws were based on Judeo-Christian values. Should we toss out all laws against murder because that concept was based on the 10 Commandments?

Bailey Jones

Abortion, no matter what we think of it today, has been practiced at least as long as written history.

The Ordeal of the Bitter Water, described in Numbers 5:19-23, is, in my opinion, a description of a religiously sanctioned abortion. If a man believes his wife is guilty of adultery - but has no witnesses or proof other than her pregnancy, the priest administers a magical potion which, if the pregnancy is the result of adultery, causes "thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to fall away", "thigh" being one of those biblical euphemisms for the reproductive system of a woman - which was no doubt a great mystery to men of the day.

I certainly don't encourage blindly following ancient religious texts, but I know that some people do.

For those who consider abortion to be a religious issue, I'll simply reiterate that religious freedom is a fundamental right in America. Where religious beliefs differ between people of good conscience, it's best to keep the government out of it, and rely on the common sense of the individual, and the persuasiveness of argument and evidence.

For those who favor constitutional originalism, I'll note that, at the time of our founding, abortion was a matter of common law, and legal up until the time of "quickening" - when fetal movement begins to be felt, usually early in the second trimester (This was believed to be the time when the soul entered the developing fetus.) This is still the prominent opinion among Americans today, I believe.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts "Abortion, no matter what we think of it today, has been practiced at least as long as written history."

Murder is found earlier but we should not condone it.

Craig Mason

Just a note Carlos your soon to defeated president received drugs made from stem cells from the kidney of an aborted fetus. I thought republicans were against that?

Carlos Ponce

"I'll note that, at the time of our founding, abortion was a matter of common law" Soooo..... it was left up to the individual colonies, later states, not a matter for the US Constitution under Amendment 10.

Stephanie Martin

The baby is a living being upon conception. Period.

Charles Douglas

I just want to inform some and remind others that GOD does not prohibit a man from thinking. On the contrary, it is what a man think, which get him in trouble with God, because, " As a man thinketh in his is he..." ( Proverbs 23:7 ). The enemy's only real weapon against mankind is his ability to deceive, lie, and steal from him the real Word, Truth, and understanding of GOD, so as to get him to take a different way from the pathway of righteousness! The reason for Satan's limited arsenal against us is what Jesus has done by his sacrifice. Colossians 1:13 states, "Who ( GOD).. hath delivered us from The power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:" What does this means? We by being slack, lazy, and UNLEARNED, and skilled in the Word of God, allows the enemy to thrash us like wheat, and tear us from limb to limb by us being Not prepared to stand against him with the word.

The Word Of God states, "Those who are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD." ( Romans 8:14 ). " The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God". If children then heirs of GOD and joint heirs with Jesus Christ......" ( Romans 8: 16-17 ). It is the Spirit of God on the earth today which enlightens us to the wisdom and understanding of how to follow and assimilate ourselves to the WORD today.

We do not answer to the Old Testament Hight Priests today! Our High Priest sit at the right hand of God Almighty, and is the author and finisher of our faith ( Hebrews 12:2 ) ..The Apostle and High Priest over our confession of faith ( Hebrews 3:1 ) and the head over the Church! Speaking for myself, I could careless how long a man or men have practice sin, IT DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD!

So please, there is no such thing as SETTLED, SIN! Hebrews 13:8 states," Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, today, and forever!" Acts 10:34 "....God is no respecter of persons." ( Acts 10:34 ). Lastly, I would urge all men and those who live today, to stop looking for ways to outsmart GOD, because they don't exist! MURDER IS MURDER!!!! I don't care if you have more degrees than a thermometer, you don't even rate in an intelligence ratio against the GOD of the UNIVERSE!

Proverbs 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart ; and lean not unto thine own understanding." 6) "In all they ways acknowledge him, and HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS." ). Now that is as plain as the nose on your face, and I dont care what man the enemy sends to deceive you, YOU MIGHT follow him, but God and his word won't! Be care what you hear, and HOW YOU HEAR IT! You can't say you were not warned, because from this point on ....[wink]

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