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|Volume 68, Issue 11,
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
I picked up The Daily Cougar as I do every morning, and I saw the Justice for All display on the front-page ("Abortion display returns to plaza, News, Wednesday). I noticed another attack on our group. I have read everybody's comments on the issue for the past two years.
However, I wonder why nobody takes the time to hear mine. I have written The Daily Cougar many times, only to be put off. Now I have enemies I have never even met. People hate me who have never taken the time to get to know me. I have been called things that, if you knew me, you would totally disagree with.
These people don't take the time to get to know me. They label me "anti-abortion" so they don't have to listen to anything I say. Pro-Life Cougars is a reflection of my heart. There are other things Pro-Life Cougars do besides the display. Nobody sees them.
Nobody comes by our information tables. Nobody comes to see our speakers. Nobody ever brings diapers to our "baby things" drives. Nobody really wants to talk about abortion. The display brings the issue to the forefront and forces people to talk about it with me. People say that nobody's mind will change from the pictures. I would like to share a story of a girl I met during the days the display was here. She came to me upset.
I could see she was hurt, and I kept asking her questions to find out what made her mad about the display. She was 10 weeks pregnant. You see, she had an appointment at Planned Parenthood that Friday for an abortion, and she soon fell into my arms crying. She confessed she was being stingy and didn't know at 10 weeks pregnant, and what the fetus looked like until she saw the pictures. I gave her my phone number, and she gave me hers. She walked away thanking me for all of my help. She thanked me ... for what?
All I did was listen and reach out a hand to a woman who needed to talk. I am always here to talk to anybody who needs it. A guy I talked to said his girlfriend had an abortion and he was sad because he had no say. I talked to a lot of people. I am sure I made some people mad. But those who left mad were already mad when they came up, so they weren't going to budge no matter what any of us said.
Those with the receptive hearts are the ones who left thanking us. Can you imagine that? People might actually thank us for being there? It's true folks. The fact that we saved one little baby is enough reason for me to continue. The Cougar can say the display was inappropriate all they want. We never advocate for anything less than 100 percent choice.
We think if given all the correct information, most women will make the right choice, just as that young lady I met did. Pro-Life Cougars is about education. If you get to know us and ask us questions instead of just labeling us, you might be surprised. Nobody likes to be stereotyped. Just think how you feel when someone puts unfair labels upon you.
J. Sheree Tullos
Justice for All?
To the editor:
In response to the Guest column by Monica Granger ("Does the Cougar support free speech?", Opinion, Friday) the Cougar not only supports free speech, it is obviously in favor of it. This is apparent by virtue of the fact that it ran the "offensive" article in question.
Free speech means presenting both sides of an argument, regardless of how "wrong" or offensive anyone may find the ideas being presented. Even though some people find the mauled-fetus display in Butler Plaza to be appropriate and acceptable, others do not and those offended have just as much of a right to be heard. The display was intended to evoke strong emotions, and it did just that.
Though I was personally offended by the content and nature of the display, I recognize that the group has as much of a right to its opinions as I have to mine. That is the nature of free speech. It is when a group tries to impose their ideas on others that a line has been crossed.
For example, I would be personally outraged if a law banning abortions was passed, because I feel it is a woman's right to decide what she does with her body. Besides, if a woman is truly determined to have an abortion, she will have one regardless.
Desperate women will always have abortions. But is it better for them to perform them on themselves under life-threatening unsanitary conditions or to get the procedure done by trained professionals in safe environments?
Are their lives any less valuable than those of their unborn fetuses?
Society needs to focus on the circumstances that drive women to abortion. Some contributing factors are inadequate access to birth control, insufficient sexual education and the intense shame that comes with having a child out of wedlock.
What happens to the child once it is born? Ultimately, the government ends up supporting many of them financially.
I did not see Justice for All lobbying to improve the lives of these children by demanding better health care for the poor. Instead, they end up over-simplifying the situation.
Does Justice for All really care about justice for everyone? If so, they should live up to their name.
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