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Michelle Holscher, Fargo, Published July 27 2013

Letter: Why is human life disposable?

There has been more news on the abortion issue and the fetal heartbeat and when life begins – let’s take a look at the other end of the spectrum. When does life end? When the heart stops beating. When a person dies, the heart stops beating. The person is still a human being and will be treated with dignity and respect. This human being is not just a clump of cells to be tossed aside, this is someone’s family member – a husband/wife/

father/mother/sister/brother/child – someone who is loved and will be missed.

Shouldn’t the same treatment start at the other end? If the stopping of a heart means life ends, then the starting of a heart means that life begins – this is a human being who should be treated with dignity and respect. From the time our heart starts beating to the time it stops, we are the same person.

On a side note, there was a sad news story about a woman whose dog had to have a C-section, but the veterinarian found that all of the puppies were dead. The woman was upset (rightfully so) that these puppies had been tossed in the dumpster like garbage. So the disposal of puppies is horrible but the disposal of human beings is not? Why is human life considered so disposable?