Letter to the Editor: Moral standards personal, not political

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    As a Christian, I would like to comment on the Jan. 28 column “Proposed abortion law attests to loose morals” by Andrew Weatherford.

    First, I would like to state that from my personal religious standpoint rather than a moral one, that abortion is wrong. Biblically there seems to be plenty of evidence to support this case with verses like Jeremiah 1:5 which states, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” However, the Conservative right seem to misunderstand the fact that religious morals do not necessarily translate to societal morals.

    Today’s society has an obligation to separate church and state. Our society’s moral obligations are determined by science. This means early abortions, before the fetus has become sentient, point to the fact that abortion is not taking life. As a Christian I have a moral obligation to respect life no matter what stage it is in, but to hold others to the same standards when they do not share my beliefs is not only gross, it is self-righteous. While I may disagree with many of President Barack Obama’s policy decisions, this is not one of them.

    Thomas Guidry is a 2007 graduate from Lafayette, La.