To understand why, one needs to appreciate the complexity of our reproductive process. The male and the female gamete each contain a set of 23 haploid chromosomes. During the fertilization process, 23 pairs of diploid chromosomes are formed by fusion that involves millions of molecules inside a microscopic zygote.
Proper formation and alignment of the diploid chromosomes is highly dependent upon the chemical environment experienced by both gametes, male and female, before and after fusion.
Chromosomal abnormalities are by far the most frequent abnormal finding in spontaneous abortions.
Americans’ love affair with chemicals, both legal and illegal, limits our ability to reproduce.
Americans seem to have little or no motivation to cease engaging in activities that have been proven to trigger abortions, such as the use of tobacco products, drinking alcohol, using painkillers, smoking pot, taking meth, etc.
Our political and religious leaders divert attention away from the big problem of spontaneous abortions by trying to demonize Planned Parenthood and medical personnel who work in women’s reproductive health care.
In the real world, people who manufacture, distribute, sell and consume the products that trigger spontaneous abortions are responsible for many more abortions than all the abortion clinics in the United States.
America is a land of freedom and free choice, just as it should be. Americans who are sincerely opposed to abortion can freely demonstrate their sincerity by withholding financial support from people who profit from products that trigger spontaneous abortions.
Larry Mason, Azle
U.S. mirroring Nazi Germany?
Is the United States now emulating Nazi Germany in the early years of the 1930s? It would certainly seem to be the case in this writer’s opinion.
The current administration’s all out, no-holds barred assault on the Second Amendment is not only unprecedented, but unwarranted. Not one of the new rules by executive order, or proposed anti-gun legislation, will make anyone safer or stop mass killings by mentally ill persons. As trite as it may sound, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If guns are not available, baseball bats, rocks, knives clubs or other means will be put to use to achieve the same result.
When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ruffled California Sen. Feinstein in their conversation over her intent to gut the Second Amendment, she told us what the real problem is when she replied that she had been there over 20 years. She has established a fur-lined nest in Congress and will never be replaced until she dies. It is utterly impossible to unseat a sitting member of the House or Senate, due to big money interests who control the elections, and elect the people who will serve them, rather than serve the average citizen.
Since the very rich pay little or no income taxes, it is apparent that the working middle class pays for all the perks that members of Congress enjoy. Due to shipping jobs offshore and other means, the working middle class is a fast disappearing segment of this nation’s ability to pay its debts. When China, Russia and our other debt holders call in our loans, and we can’t pay them, the resulting chaos will make the “Great Depression” of the 1930s look good by comparison. Do you want to face those circumstances as an unarmed servant, or as an armed citizen? I will choose the latter, thank you very much.
Is the current administration serious about curbing gun-related crime? It would appear that they are most certainly NOT. In 2010, 76,000 firearm purchases were denied by the Federal NICS system and sent on for further investigation. A total of 62 were referred for prosecution (giving false info on the application to purchase a firearm is a federal felony) and just 13 of those cases resulted in convictions. Do those statistics tell you that a.) the system is not working; b.) the people running the system are not working; or c.) both? Just 13 total convictions out of 76,000 felonies committed? Way to go DOJ! Why create more anti-gun legislation when we don’t, or won’t enforce the laws we already have on the books? This makes no sense to me at all.
I fear my current government much more than I fear any other entity on this Earth. Home invaders, robbers, murderers do not have tanks and armed drones, and they don’t normally arrive at your house in an armored vehicle like the “Homeland Security” troops now stationed across this country. The original “homeland security” was and still is, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of these United States. Until that Amendment is rescinded, I will no sooner register my firearms than I would ask this newspaper to register its First Amendment rights.
J.E. Cavenah Sr., Fort Worth