Dear Al and Randy:
I’ve read your various posts about Roe and Griswold with great interest. I think that Al is right about two things: 1. Griswold is about an overly zealous state trying to control people’s private behavior, 2. While Roe was manufactured – the right to personal privacy is not in the 14th amendment.
What bother’s me about the Pro-Choice stance is that it’s gutless. Take a stand, please! The real issue is whether abortion should be legal; once it’s legal the question of choice is secondary. Since 1985, I’ve argued that the abortion issue is similar to the issue of slavery. Let me give an example. In
I saw a bumper sticker that said: OPPOSE ABORTION? – DON’T HAVE ONE! West Hartford Center
I was so incensed at this logic that I wrote a similar slogan and put it in the person’s car:
OPPOSE SLAVERY? – DON’T OWN ONE!
In the 1850s the Northern Democratic Party dodged the great issue of the day, a gutless move by proclaiming support for Popular Sovereignty. It sounded great, let the people decide – the only problem was that slaves were people, they were human beings. Therefore…”(w)e hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (including slaves) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The abolitionist may have been disagreeable and even fanatical (
’s John Brown comes to mind) but they were correct. Stephen Douglas was wrong to embrace this faux argument of the people’s choice and fortunately for us, Torrington came in with the Democratic vote split three ways. Lincoln
Today is it virtually the same. People hide behind the word Choice; well that only works if you posit that developing humans are only tissue like a pancreas. These choice people are just as gutless and wrong in my opinion as Stephen Douglas. Take a stand and say you support the concept of abortion and see nothing wrong with a woman exercising this medical procedure – a procedure that kills the unborn child. The problem is that most Choice people cannot do it. Remember that everyone is Pro-Life at some point in the pregnancy, I am Pro-Life at conception. I don’t think that anyone in the IDC Blogosphere is Pro-Choice at the 8th or 9th month.
Randy, I respect you as a good and decent person but the following statement is about as radical as it gets: “When you make laws that specifically restrict rights for females only, who are already still oppressed in society, I believe you tread on dangerously immoral ground.When you make laws that specifically restrict rights for females only…”, Randy - this doesn’t even compute- the law is against anyone having an abortion, it just so happens that only women can get pregnant. With all do respect, your language sound like your pandering to women, and of course you’re refusing to take a stand. If you think human life in the womb is up for grabs, please just say so. If you think that your two children were just globs of tissue in your wife’s womb and nothing more than a choice, then just say so. I don’t think you can look your children in the eyes and say, you know you’re both lucky because you were just a choice in Mommy’s womb, and Mommy could have aborted you at her pleasure.
Today, more people are Pro-Life than Pro-Choice for the first time since Roe. One reason is the advances in technology. Babies born prematurely are now able to survive and of course we can see unborn children as they develop, sucking their thumbs and stretching while their little hearts beat. Again, all that I ask is that people take a stand.
Best to both of you, Geoff