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Abortion conference evolves to moral debate
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A symposium on the pros and cons of
abortion evolved into a heated debate on the
morality of terminating pregnancy this
weekend in Lincoln.
The Saturday conference was to include
both pro and con speakers on the issue,
however Birthright and Right to Life, two
anti-abortion organizations, officially
boycotted the symposium. But their
followers did not.
Before the argument broke out, the Rev.
Howard Moody, a New York City minister
and founder of the Clergy Consultation
Service for Problem Pregnancies, told the 80
persons at the symposium that anti-abortion
statutes should be liberalized. He said most
states' anti-abortion laws are based on
religious doctrine and therefore subject
citizens to religion.
"We have to realize," he said, "the United
States' Constitution not only guarantees
freedom of religion, but also freedom from
He said forcing women to bare child
against their will is "legislative rape." He also
said anti-abortion laws interfere with the
medical profession by saying the state knows
better then a doctor whether or not a
pregnancy should be terminated.
He said many believe anti-abortion
statutes originally were written not to guard
the unborn, but to protect pregnant women
who might seek abortions from unskilled
When he asked for questions, Mrs. E.A.
Binger of Wakefield, said abortion is
"contrary to God's law". She said legalizing
the operation would increase promiscuity
and premarital sex, and said both are sinful.
She was joined in her criticisms by S.H.
Brauer an outspoken opponent of sex
education in the public schools. He said
abortion is a "rejection of all things spiritual
and of the elevation of man."
He urged the group to turn back to an
earlier morality and called abortion
Moody countered by saying the question
is not whether an abortion is homocide, but
whether a group has the right to impose its
religious beliefs on others through law.
He said abortion is necessary as a means
of birth control. Even if all American
women capable of childbearing were
engaging in sexual intercourse and taking
birth control pills, he said, at least 220,000
would become pregnant because "the pill" is
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Ms. E.A. Binger . . . abortion is "contrary to God's law".
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