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Glen Bradley’s Platform on Abortion

July 24, 2010

The American Constitutional Republic was designed to keep all controversial social issues as local as possible. Abortion is just such a controversial social policy that was intended to be decided in the several States. Without a Constitutional amendment, there is no Constitutional provision that would allow the federal government to dictate policy on abortion whether to allow or to disallow it. Therefore, regardless of one’s position on abortion specifically, the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade is a travesty of justice and a violation of the Constitution, and should be overturned.

On the state level, where such matters are supposed to be determined, it is critical to remember that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to life, therefore, is perhaps one of the most critical rights which we as free people should uphold.

I personally am informed of when life begins by my faith. Beginning in Genesis 9:4, continuing in Leviticus 17:14 and repeated through the scripture and also in the New Testament in Acts 15:20, we learn that “life is in the blood.”

Therefore, it is my fervent belief that human life begins when a human embryo begins to pump and process blood. Medical knowledge would place this point around 18 to 21 days after conception. For my part, and to be on the safe side, I would consider the developing baby to be a human life at 14 days after conception.

Therefore, it is 14 days after conception when it becomes incumbent upon us to consider that the child warrants the full protection of law, as with all other humans he or she has the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

For situations where the baby has progressed beyond the point of developing a heartbeat and a blood supply, and should be considered a “life” in it’s own right, but whose continued existence genuinely threatens the life of the mother, then this is a moral decision that the mother and her doctor must make for themselves. It is no more in the realm of the State to dictate that the mother should die, than it is to permit babies to be killed. This is no different than a doctor with two patients who need a heart, and having to decide which patient lives and which patient dies. This is a decision to be left between the doctor and his or her patients.

However, absent any threat to the mothers life, from 14 days after conception the developing embryo should be considered a living human, and therefore subject to every protection of law.

Glen Bradley supports an amendment to the Constitution of the State of North Carolina that will recognize that an embryo should be considered a living human being at 14 days after conception, prohibiting the practice of abortion after that point except when the life of the mother is genuinely at risk, and banning the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion entirely.

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