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Column doesn't think it all the way through

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2008

I have tremendous respect for Bob Bird. He has given a lot to the central Kenai Peninsula through his teaching and coaching, and he and Rosemary have raised three bright, talented and responsible children who now, as young adults, give one optimism for the future.

But Bob's arguments in his recent opinion (Clarion, Feb. 11) about how to prohibit abortions are weak and misguided.

Let's look at one case that Bob brings up: Worcester v. Georgia. The state of Georgia was upset with several missionaries who worked within the Cherokee Nation and who were advocates for the rights of Indians. The missionaries were sentenced to four years of hard labor for simply not registering with the state of Georgia and stating that they worked and lived in Cherokee territory an obvious ploy by the state to keep these men of God from helping the Indians.

The missionaries appealed their case, saying states did not have the authority to make laws governing a sovereign nation the Cherokee Nation had this status at that time. The Supreme Court agreed with these Christian missionaries.

President Jackson's refusal to comply with the decision set the stage for one of the most embarrassing and racist acts in American history the Trail of Tears the deadly forced removal of the Cherokee from their land, an undisputed act of genocide.

Bob, can one be pro-life and pro-genocide? Does associating Jackson's despicable stance with the anti-abortion movement really bolster your cause?

Roe v. Wade is about privacy. Most reasonable people, while they might personally disapprove of abortion, can accept a limited practice if the mother's life is at risk, the pregnancy is the result of rape or if the fetus is severely deformed.

R v. W says the government can't pry into the reasons why a woman has an abortion. Sadly, this protection of privacy resulted in abortion being used too often as birth control.

Both sides of this issue would like to see the abortion rate get as close to zero as possible. The real debate then is about how to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Bob, if all abortions are to be illegal, be courageous and also include the penalty that you propose for breaking the law. Should a young woman who has been brutally raped (or may die if she goes full-term or is carrying a deformed fetus) and then chooses to have an abortion get a prison term? Five years? Twenty?

Should she be executed?

I think God should be the judge not you and not the government.

J.P. Bennett

Soldotna



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