Defense of life is not a religious issue, maintains family leader

.- An expert on family issues reminded Mexicans last week that the defense of life is not a religious issue and that it is based on the scientific certainty that life begins at conception.

In an article published by the Diario de Yucatan, Lourdes Casares de Felix from the Association in Defense of the Family, explained that the right to life is not a religious right. “Is defending the life of an innocent human being a question of religion?” she asked.  Accepting that “from the moment of conception the embryo is a person whose life must be respected and to affirm that abortion is a crime is not a question of religion, it is an argument based on science, as was demonstrated by Jerome Lejeune, doctor in medicine and science and professor of genetics,” Casares wrote.

“It has been proven scientifically that life is there and that it is human. Here the moral or ethical question would be: Should it be allowed to put that life to death? The answer could be given by a humanist atheist. Amidst the lack of scientific arguments for promoting abortion, the tactic of blaming religion is always used,” she added.

“The tragedy of abortion not only lies in stripping the unborn of rights, or in the refusal to recognize the unborn as the persons they are, or in accepting or denying their ability to feel pain or pleasure ... the tragedy is the sad dehumanization of the human being determined to destroy the lives of defenseless beings by denying them the chance to live,” Casares said.

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