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Life, Rights, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Gary Cherone Asks Eddie Vedder Some Questions

“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

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.

That pro-life letter caused a stir, and in November of 1999, Cherone discussed the matter on Fox TV’s “O’Reilly Factor.” Vedder has yet to respond, but the issue remains. Here’s a second 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
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.

Gary Cherone

Copyright ©2001, Gary Cherone
Credit for source must be given to Libertarians for Life.

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An Open Letter to Eddie Vedder

When is a woman not a woman?

Therein lies the only clear refutation of a woman’s rights.
A woman’s rights —
seems a mere tautology, a redundant catch phrase.
Are not rights self evident?
Intrinsic assumptions of the inalienable?
So, when is a woman not a woman,
a right not a right?

When she doesn’t exist.

When does a woman become a woman?

Is it when
her first ballot has been cast?
Or when
she graduates from her class?

Is it when
she makes a wish on her sweet sixteenth?
Would I be amiss if it were her first kiss?

Is it when
she’s diagnosed by the boy next door?
Or as ambiguous as the cutting of the cord?

Is it the time
it takes to travel the distance through the canal?
Or when
she’s kicking and becomes viable?

Is it when
her sex is discovered by a sonogram?
Or after eight weeks when
the changes in her body will be mainly in dimension?

Is it when
her brain waves are detected after 40 days?
Or is it around three weeks when
her primitive heart beats?

Can there be only one true line of demarcation?
One finite measurable point in time that differentiates
life from non-life?
Womanhood from non-womanhood?
Rights from no right?

Is it the moment of conception —
that point when all of the above is set in motion?
That precise moment when
“a separate human individual, with her own genetic code,
needing only food, water, and oxygen, comes into existence”?

It is at that point,
“like the infant, the child, the adolescent,
that the conceptus is a being who is becoming,
not a becoming striving toward being.

She is not a potential life,
she is a life with great potential”.
She is not the mother,
she is an other —
a somebody other than the mother.

A woman,
however beautiful, however complex when fully grown,
begins life as a single cell, a zygote —
that stage in human development through which we all pass.
She fulfills “the four criteria necessary to all life —
metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction.
Her genetic makeup is established at conception,
determining to a great extent
her own individual, physical characteristics”:
her eyes, her hair, her skin color, bone structure, her gender.

So let us not be confused,
“she did not come from a zygote — she once was a zygote.
She did not come from an embryo, she once was an embryo.
She did not come from a fetus, she once was a fetus”.
She did not come from a little girl — she once was a little girl.

When is a woman not a woman?
The answer is absolute, non-negotiable.
To argue against would be to ignore the innate,
the fact of the matter.
The answer can never be a matter of opinion or choice.
This is not a metaphysical contention.
This is biology 101.
The answer is scientifically self-evident —
as inherent as the inalienable.

the ability to pursue happiness
is contingent upon liberty —
her liberty,
and her freedom is solely dependent upon
the mother of all human rights…

the right of life.

Gary Cherone
(June 1999)

[Quotations by Francis J. Beckwith]
Copyright ©1999, Gary Cherone
Credit for source must be given to Rock for Life.


Doris Gordon (1929-2014)
Doris Gordon, founder and longtime coordinator of Libertarians for Life, died on July 7 at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md., after a struggle with meningitis and other health problems. She was 85. Surviving her are daughter Julie Gordon, son Monte Gordon, and five grandchildren. She lost her husband, Nathan Gordon, in 1987. A Bronx native, Mrs. Gordon graduated from Hunter College and taught elementary-school students in New York City before moving to Maryland. She became active in the libertarian movement, and eventually quite active against abortion. She stressed the concept of parental obligation. “By causing children to be,” she wrote, “parents also cause them to need support; it’s a package deal.”