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Pro-life views more than a religious issue

David Fullerton (Write Back, January 10) is gravely mistaken in thinking that abortion is opposed only by those whom he describes as holding 'fundamentalist beliefs'.

Abortion - the deliberate destruction of the life of an unborn child - is also opposed by many people on scientific grounds.

Science tells us that human life is present from the moment of conception. Many people, of all religious persuasions and none, believe the intentional killing of a human being is not morally permissible. Therefore, they are against abortion.

Certainly, Christians can look to the word of God, which makes it very clear that human life in the womb belongs to God. The command, 'Thou shalt not kill' (Exodus 20:13) includes also the unborn.

Nevertheless, there are also atheists who are against abortion on ethical grounds and who see it as a diminishment of our common humanity.

FR PATRICK McCAFFERTY

Corpus Christi Parish, Belfast

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