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Letters: Think before voting for pro-abortion parties

Our species is approaching a philosophical threshold. We have to decide on the value of the person.

Are we unique in the universe, individual, spiritual and precious? Or the alternative – generic smart animals only of worth when we are capable of production or consumption?

We seem to be choosing the latter. We cheapen life in many ways: from euthanasia to foetal experimentation and the testing of drugs on children.

But the worst has to be abortion. Global abortions in the modern era are approaching the two billion mark – human death on an industrial scale.

It is a hugely profitable business and women have to be aware that the death of their child makes someone money. Can they trust these potential beneficiaries to advise them?

Women's health is often cried as an excuse, yet they ignore the fact that a woman is at a greater risk from abortion than from birthing a child. Those who ease their conscience with the label "pro-choice" are giving tacit permission to the abortionist. Their hands are bloody by association.

Those who vote for pro-abortion parties – such as Sinn Fein and the PUP – are encouraging the introduction of monstrous abortion policies.

How the youngest, oldest, or least-able among us are treated will determine if we remain human or become biological machines – cold, logical and soulless.

GERARD HERDMAN

Belfast

You made Giro unforgettable experience

My wife and I flew over from Newcastle to see two stages of the Giro d'Italia at the weekend. And what a fabulous experience it was.

Everyone in Northern Ireland should be so proud of the spirit with which your whole country embraced the race. As always, we were welcomed by the most genuinely warm, friendly people – one of your strongest assets.

Thank you to everyone in Northern Ireland for making the start of the Giro so special.

I hope that publicity from it serves to boost your tourist trade.

GRAEME STOKER

Newcastle upon Tyne

Great Famine really should be commemorated

The National Famine Memorial Day commemoration at Strokestown, Co Roscommon, on Sunday was a reminder that the terrible hunger the Irish nation suffered less than 170 years ago continues in other parts of the world today.

Perhaps in the discussions that seem endless on commemorations of other events in Irish history, we can take note of Strokestown and begin planning for similar opportunities.

JOHN DALLAT (SDLP)

MLA for East Londonderry

Three cheers for race celebrations

As viewers of the television coverage of the Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland stages, we are compelled to write and congratulate the Government, the people and the organisers of the Giro celebrations.

Whatever is said in the wash-up, Northern Ireland and its people have done the race proud and you all deserve the accolades that surely must follow.

BILL and JEANETTE VAUGHAN

Queensland, Australia

Hail Brand, but we won't shut up

Jane Graham (Life, May 9) seems mightily upset by my roadside conversation with BBC Radio 5 Live about the inanity of using Russell Brand's ruminations on drugs as a set text for Advanced Level English.

She is, of course, entitled to believe that Brand "should be celebrated". She demeans herself, however, when she exclaims, "As for the Campaign for Real Education – you can shut your mouth".

CHRIS McGOVERN

Chairman, Campaign for Real Education

Scots' drift from England is clear

The increasing gap in political cultures between Scotland and England is further evidenced by the latest research on voting intentions for the European parliamentary elections.

Of those surveyed in Scotland, 48% would vote to remain in the EU if a referendum was held, compared with 32% who said they would vote to leave. In England, 40% would vote to leave the EU, compared with 37% who would vote to stay in. It is also clear from the research that 'Scottish' identifiers back entirely different parties from 'English' identifiers.

Scotland and England are moving in different political directions. The referendum will determine whether Scotland will plough its own furrow or remain shackled to a political system whose values we no longer share.

ALEX ORR

Edinburgh

Send in Mossad, not the cavalry

It is a measure of the generosity of the American people that they are always prepared to lend their power to aid the helpless.

Those who kidnapped schoolchildren in northern Nigeria are deserving of immediate retaliation (Saturday Review, May 10).

But I'm not sure that the 6th Cavalry, with all its power and publicity, is the best choice. I think there might be a better way. Can anybody spell Mossad?

PATRICIA MOYNIHAN

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