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            Friday, February 7 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterChoice 2

Concluduing the discussion on abortion and related topics.

Though I've been inclined to think "pro-choice" is a euphemism for "abortion" or even "killing babies"—that it's a pretty word for an ugly reality—after more reflection I'm not sure "choice" is mostly pretty at all. In fact, some choices can be among the ugliest and most difficult things we encounter in life, as illustrated by the one in the movie,Sophies Choice, discussed here on Wednesday. An acquaitance who has spoken and written all over the nation about abortion claims that there are so many women who felt, when it came to their abortions, that they had no choice but to get the abortion to please someone else, that they sometimes seem to be the majority. It wasn't her choice, it was the choice of her mother (as often, it seems, as a boyfriend), her lover, her employer, her counselor, grandparents worried about "standing in the community," even, no doubt, the welfare office in some cases.

When my former wife and I faced her first pregnancy, in the late '60s, she was on such an emotional roller coaster that we began wondering about abortion. Neither of us had heard it labeled as sin by any of the Protestant leaders we then admired (though I'd been to seminary and was in the ministry at the time). I put out "feelers" in the Presbytery and was set straight. When they told me that from the earliest days of the church and in all churches throughout history abortion was considered a violation of the sixth commandment, the issue was settled and in that instance my wife had no inclination to rebel. But before then, I was inclined to think it was a "Catholic issue," part of their strange and still, to me, inscrutable, Vatican teaching on birth control.

For years I refrained from publicly speaking out or writing about abortion. Though I was strongly against it, I thought unplanned pregnancy was a woman's crisis, something I could never fully understand, and therefore should keep quiet about. I would vote pro-life and discuss it with anyone who shared similar feelings, but wouldn't bring it into my classes or editorials. But the fact that so many women have expressed regret, and even lifelong grief, about their abortions have persuaded me that everyone who sees this as a clear moral issue has a responsibility to speak up, and vote their consciences.

I can think of no stronger argument for voting "pro-life" that the mounting evidence that laws restricting abortion will make it easier for women to act on their first and best choices rather than the pressure of mothers, boyfriends, and others knowing "what's best for them." It's obvious that giving abortion legal status has made it seem morally acceptable, and that it has been used, primarily, as an after-the-fact form of birth control. Going back to some of the strictures in place before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision may well have the opposite effect.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Tips for your boss (second of two parts)

6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.

7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.

8. If you don't like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations, I was born to be whipped.

9. If you have special instructions for a job, don't write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.

10. Never introduce me to the people you're with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.

11. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it's nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to may so much taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

—Laurence J. Peter

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