Protesters display their signs on Friday, June 24, 2022, at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans' lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. Credit: Jefferee Woo / AP

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I am responding to the excellent editorial published in the Bangor Daily News on Aug. 23. The editorial is entitled, “Abortion not a decision for judges, politicians.”

As a surgeon who graduated from Dartmouth and Harvard medical schools and practiced in the U.S. Army for two years and 32 years as a community surgeon in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I support the views expressed.

I want to tell people of a parable in the Bible, Luke chapter 8, verses 4 through 8, called the parable of the sower. Jesus tells of a sower sowing seeds on various soils. Only the seeds that fell onto good soil survived and produced a “hundred fold.”

Now these seeds were part of the cycle of life. They had been formed by a pollen and an ovule. Do people really believe Jesus was only talking about tomato seeds, etc.? I don’t think so. I am a scientist and don’t believe in Biblical statements that seem to break the natural laws. However, the Bible is well worth reading for it contains a great deal of truth.

I would hope that the excellent editorial will lead to a better understanding of abortion.

William W. Babson Jr.