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Questions are more powerful than answers. They can be the keys which unlock the answers or can lock them up under obscurity, distraction, or confusion.

In the debates about abortion, one of the least helpful questions is, "When does life begin?" The question falsely assumes there is a beginning of life which we can identify, at least in theory. In fact, life began long, long ago and is simply passed on from generation to generation.

The question we really need to be asking is, "When does human dignity begin?" The followup question would be, "How do we know that?"

Michael Hayes
Red Wing