In his recent letter on abortion, John H. Burns cast himself as a folksy biblical scholar and theologian.

Jesus did not speak about abortion just as he did not speak about other many other things forbidden in the law because it would be considered “Dufus stuff.” People already knew the purpose and intent of abortion is to kill.

Women are often heard crying, “I killed my baby! I killed my baby!” Some have told me of their descent into depression and alcoholism following an abortion. Many grieve deeply the rest of their lives. They know.

Burns ignores Pope Francis's reminder, “Is it right to take a human life to solve a problem? It's like hiring a hit man.”

Great Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And this is nothing but murder.”

Burns attempts to justify abortion by saying many human blastocysts do not survive. When Democrats speak of abortion they're not talking about a blastocyst.

By week 14 all the baby's vital organs, eyes, eyelids, ears, genitals, fingers, toes, fingernails and toenails are present. The face is well formed. By week 20 the baby is pain-capable and can hear, taste and feel.

Currently, Democrats are pursuing a lawsuit to deny the right of doctors and nurses to refuse to participate in abortion. The litigants include Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. The intent of the lawsuit is incompatible with religious liberty and a pluralistic society. What began as, “safe, legal and rare” has morphed into something even more ugly.

Jim Schwarz

New London