Tifton Gazette

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November 29, 2012

Your Opinion: It doesn’t have to go that way

But does it have to go that way...

A recent letter by Mr. Fowler made some valid points . He said the world we have known is gone and we won't get it back. He further urged conservatives to get out of people's bedrooms and religions and stop being so fanatical about these and other issues. As a young social worker, I arranged one of the first legal abortions in Georgia after the Roe vs Wade decision. It was for a young black female who had who already had 4 children and for whom I had recently got a job. It seemed like a good idea at the time when she asked me to make the arrangements for her. And yet I can still see the look in her eyes when I made a home visit after she returned from Atlanta. You see there are moral issues connected to bedroom activities that have to be addressed by government. That does not necessarily mean abortion should be banned in all cases, but should those who oppose it be forced to pay for it through their taxes? Should the Catholic Church be required to pay for abortions and contraception devices through insurance for their many employees in charitable hospitals and agencies? What about the Church's religious rights? We don't want one religion dictating what the government or individual does, but likewise, we don't want the government telling churches what they can preach in their churches.

Family planning organizations grew out of the progressive movement in the early 20th century and were closely tied to the Eugenics movement which sought to "weed out" those in our society who would be deemed "unfit". This was where Hitler got the idea. Sangster, the progressive patron saint of pro-abortion women, was a racist. She even spoke at a KKK rally. There is still a racial element associated with abortion. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. has said that "abortion is the white supremacist's best friend, " pointing to the fact that Black and Latinos represent 25% of the population but account for 59% of all abortions. The majority of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of minorities.

Certainly, if one of my daughter's became pregnant due to rape or if her life were threatened by her pregnancy, the abortion option would need to be on the table for her and others, but those events are few and far between and yet these are the type questions presented to conservative candidates because most media is sold out to the liberal cause and these loaded questions tug at the heart strings...how would you feel if it were your daughter. In the world that Mr. Hayward and I know is gone, the media would not be biased for either side and the following questions should be asked of progressive/liberal candidates:

Are there any restrictions you would approve of? Does a woman have the right to terminate a pregnancy because the fetus is a female? Should there be any restrictions or parental notifications regarding abortion access for minors? At what stage of development should an unborn child have human rights? Are you in favor of "weeding out" unborn with mental or physical deficiencies? If abortion is not morally objectionable then why is it referred to as a "tragic choice"...does that mean it is different than other surgical procedures? Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable -able to survive outside the womb? What if the fetus survives the abortion procedure? Do you let it lie on a table in a closet and die? Ask President Obama that one.

So, as you see, it is not always so easy to keep government out of religion and the bedroom. If you want the government out of both, it would seem that the government , at the very least, should then stop requiring religious folks and their churches to violate their beliefs by funding practices that violate their beliefs. Maybe the nation we knew is gone to hell, but just don't make those of us who remember what America once stood for to pay for the ticket to hell.

"While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." Samuel Adams.

                   Terry Taylor

                   Tifton

 

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