This is in response to a letter by a physician that ran in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Monday, June 25. To the doctor I would say:

I do not know what type of physician you are, but I am using the following as a representation of what many doctors could tell you is their experience as far as a day in practice. As you treat the gunshot victim who was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, and move on to the woman who was beaten severely by her boyfriend, and required stitches, and then grab the chart of a 5-year-old who has been molested repeatedly, and as you ask yourself, what has happened to the world, think “One Nation Under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.

As you leave your office, making sure that the doors are locked so the junkies do not have easy access to the life enhancing medications you have on hand, and get into your car and lock the doors, so you are not car-jacked on your way home, as you head into your home, making sure that the doors are locked so that the burglar who has been staking out your home can not break in and murder you for your belongings, think the Ten Commandments banned from our schools.

As you turn on your television and watch the news of bombings, murders, rapes, mass drug busts, child killings, think this country was founded on the principle of religious freedom and “In God We Trust.”

Medicine is a wonderful, noble profession but even with all of your technology, and knowledge, you can not devise a plan from scratch to create life, all you can do is duplicate the original, that being the plan of the Great Physician. Sort of like the canvas you speak of, you are doing a paint by number of the Mona Lisa, a replicate.

I am not a doctor and do not claim to be the smartest person but your job is to save life, the life that God gave.

I believe that your oath states, first do no harm. If you leave an appendix alone, it does nothing, unless it is diseased, then it causes problems, however, if you leave an embryo alone, it grows into God’s greatest blessing, a child. You speak of possibilities, perhaps the embryo you destroyed today was the next great doctor who would have found the cures you so desperately seek.

As a doctor, I would think that you of all people would respect the sanctity of life. Save today’s life and trust that God will help you save the life you seek to save tomorrow.

Sheila Pennington