In response to "More Tumult on Abortion Issue," editorial, March 26:
Why do you characterize the Idaho legislators as "zealots" for passing a law restricting access to abortion? (Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus vetoed the law on March 30). Were the California legislators who guaranteed unlimited access to an abortion zealots in the other direction? Or, does it just depend on whose ox is being gored?
The debate will rage on as long as each side refuses to address the other's primary concern. To the pro-life people, abortion is a medical procedure that kills growing life. It is a form of homicide. To the pro-choice people, abortion is the exercise of a woman's right to choose what to do with her own body. It is a civil right.
But, to pro-life, civil rights are less important; and to pro-choice, the life of a fetus is less important. In the meantime, the zealots of both sides will continue to commandeer the center stage of politics, and stampede fearful politicians into passing laws one way or the other. It's what keeps the zealots in business, and allows them to polarizes our society.