Letter: Leave biology to biologists
It’s kind of Sister Mary Rose Reddy to explain the science behind the Hobby Lobby decision (Monitor letters, July 13).
The explanation is incomplete, though, and in a particularly perplexing way.
However “alive” a fertilized human egg may be, it’s also doomed until and unless implanted, preferably within a human uterus.
Fertilized eggs pass unnoticed and unaided from human reproductive systems every day.
Is this the sin of murder? Suicide? Who commits these sins?
It’s fine for theologians to conclude that fertilization by male sperm produces life in female ova, but generating living human babies is a drawn-out, complex matter.
Focusing on one sperm-centered instant out of a 9-month-long uterus-centered process seems like special pleading.
Meanwhile, the planet’s human population has begun outstripping its access to potable water and arable land. What wisdom do theologians offer for these crises? How do they suggest we feed and water the humans whose burgeoning numbers and environmental alterations already push other species to extinction every day? Who benefits from theological intrusions into private family concerns? What life-enhancing values are served by boosting the odds that families will have babies neither they nor our planet can support?
An institution whose dome of tradition and theology has been created, if not supported, exclusively by men finds itself increasingly at odds with a world where women hold up half the sky.
Perhaps theologians should stick to theology, leaving biology to biologists and family planning to families.
JANE J. HUNT