Editorial Board is wrong

FresnoJuly 7, 2014 

The July 3 Bee Editorial Board's opinion takes exception to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision favoring the rights of business entities whose owners conscientiously object to providing contraceptive devices to female employees.

It also clearly demonstrates the lack of understanding that human life and development begins at the point of conception, and that despite a lack of viability due to its earliest stage of development, a human embryo is a person. The board's opinion is wrong, stating that the decision "gave greater weight to their (business) rights than to actual humans."

Indirectly, the decision did precisely that, as an embryo is an actual human in the earliest stage of development. The contraceptive devices at the heart of the case are designed to snuff out the rights of unborn humans. An embryo has all the genetic material to determine the fully developed human's gender, eye color and maybe even sexual orientation.

It is refreshing to know that our system of government can still recognize and respect business owners' rights to exercise global principles and values of good character for their respective organizations. We have a long way to go. Pray for our country.

Leonard Ramirez


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