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        Wednesday, January 29 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterA matter of life and death

(I've interrupted my series on public education to pursue a tangent, believing that eventually it should lead us back into that topic.)

Continuing the points in David Caldwell's Sunday article, "Thinking differently," that would make it impossible for me to vote for him even if David were nominated to bear the Democratic standard in next year's presidential race.... It's hard to not sound patronizing when I say I have great respect for David and Pat, as foster parents, as contributors to the Home Page in many ways, who've shared their hospitality with me and shared personal efforts with us all through these pages. And I also respect the "different thinking" of the peace churches like the Quakers and Brethren, one of which denominations David has been in all his life. That said, I'll take up my next point of divergence with his thinking.

He wrote:

...let me reveal one more differing view that has to do with abortion. Now, don't get me wrong. If I had ever had to make a decision on whether to abort a fetus, I could not have done it. However, by the same token, I don't believe I have the right to stand on a soapbox...and demand that everyone else believe as I do....or worse yet, as a few anti-abortionists have done, kill you. Now, does that make sense?

Of course it doesn't make sense that anyone claiming to be "pro-life" will blow up abortion clinics. Such terrorism cannot be tolerated and the perpetrators of such have to be brought to justice (which, I think, those who've done such acts in the past have been). But to think of the violent crazies as stereotypical of pro-lifers makes no more sense, nor does it show any more goodwill and human kindness, than thinking of Jews as Christ-killers or of sterotypical Muslims as murderous terrorists.

Recent polls are encouraging to the pro-life movement. For years it has had virtually even support with the pro-abortion forces; 50 percent of the U.S. population support some restrictions on legal abortion. Only nine men and women (that would be, the Supreme Court) have tilted the nation's policy toward virtually unfettered abortion. But now the latest poll figures in support of some restrictions are over 60 percent; it seems that as the portion of the population that itself "survived abortion" by being born alive after the Court's Roe v. Wade decision, is much more inclined to increase the chances of survival of successive generations. But that's tangential to my immediate point. If the split in the United States is "just" 50 percent, that's well over 140 million pro-life Americans. Of those, how many have ever resorted to violence to drive home their frustration? One out of ten million? Does it make sense to even suggest that this is in any way representative of the pro-life philosophy?

On the other hand, an estimated 45 million babies have died in the United States through the result of the Supreme Court's decision and the policies of the "pro-choice" politicians and those who vote for them. Hundreds of thousands of those babies, by conservative estimates, would have survived if they'd been treated the way pre-term births, among "wanted babies," normally are treated.

Every demonstration against abortion has the potential of saving innocent lives. Every legal roadblock to easy abortion has the potential of saving hundreds and thousands.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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I asked my wife, "On a scale of one to 10, how do you rate me as a lover?" She said, "You know I'm no good at fractions."

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Thought for the day

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

—Christopher Reeves

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