Letter to the Editor | Another reason to forbid abortion

Letter to the Editor | Another reason to forbid abortion

Recently, in my reading, I came across a legal term called "jus abutendi," meaning (I think) that you have to own something in order to have the right to make any use of it, including to destroy it.

But is not abortion the intended destruction of a human being? Therefore, procuring an abortion would seem to mean an implicit claim of ownership of the (aborted) human being.

But is not this claim of ownership of a human being the very definition of slavery?

If so, then why is not abortion forbidden by the 13th Amendment?

KENT WENDLER

Champaign

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