Letter to Eddie Vedder by Gary Cherone

Letter to Eddie Vedder by Gary Cherone June 20, 2007

“My hope is to introduce as many who will listen, regardless of where they stand, to Libertarians for Life. For their arguments are persuasive, reasoning from science and philosophy. Anyone with an objective mind will find them hard to ignore.” -Gary Cherone (pictured left)


For some time now, Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam has spoken out in favor of abortion choice. In June of 1999, the rock world heard a different take on the issue when Gary Cherone (at the time, lead singer of the band Van Halen, formerly of Extreme) penned an Open Letter to Vedder.
This pro-life response letter caused a stir, and in November of 1999, Cherone discussed the matter on Fox TV’s “O’Reilly Factor.” Vedder (pictured on right) has yet to respond, but the issue remains. Here’s a copy of an Open Letter.

“I feel like I know every angle of this issue,”said Eddie Vedder.
“I know the adoption angle; I know what it’s like to be fifteen and be in a situation
and have to make a decision.
Terminating pregnancy is not an easy thing.”
—Eddie Vedder, Rolling Stone 11/12/98 #799

What About the 98.6 Degree Angle?
Another Letter to Eddie Vedder by Gary Cherone

The vast majority of people who support abortion
take that position with the firm conviction that life does not begin at conception.
That being said…

If one personally felt “terminating pregnancy is not an easy thing”
but was the right of the individual to make that “decision”

Is the life within the mother’s womb a human person?

If the answer is no, it is not a human person
Why would one feel it “is not an easy thing” to do?

If the answer is yes, it is a human person
Why would one advocate “terminating” it?
If the answer is I don’t know, if it is, or isn’t a human person
How many more “decision(s)” would one make in an uncertain “situation”?

If the unborn is not a human person
No justification for abortion is necessary

However…

If the unborn is a human person
No justification for abortion is adequate.

Nearly all arguments for abortion
are based on the faulty premise
that the unborn are not fully human.

Respectfully,
Gary Cherone
(1/22/2001)

Copyright ©2001, Gary Cherone
Credit for source must be given to Libertarians for Life.
http://www.l4l.org/gary/index.html


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