Let’s protect the
unborn as well
The Violence Against Women Act has recently been in the news, passing the Senate, and now being debated in the House. Sheila Wellstone was quoted in support of the passage of the VAWA:
“We really have to look at the values that guide us. We have to work toward an ethic that respects every individual, to be physically and emotionally safe. No one, regardless of age, color, gender, background, any other factor, deserves to be physically or emotionally unsafe. In a just society, we pledge to act together to ensure that each individual is safe from harm. In a just society — I think we have to say this over and over and over — we are not going to tolerate the violence.”
While one cannot reasonably argue against its passage, I wonder two things — why women have to be singled out as needing such legislation and two, how hypocritical this legislation is considering that abortion is not only legal but also openly promoted as a woman’s right.
It is somewhat sexist to assume women are the weaker sex and require specific legislation to protect them from violence. Every person has the right to be protected from violence — men and women, adult or child. This bill seems to assume since women are weaker, they need such a bill to protect them.
Abortion proponents often depict the procedure as nothing more than a woman’s choice; in fact, they deem it a woman’s right, to “terminate” the pregnancy as if it were simply removing a tumor, a wart, or something else that is undesirable. In fact, science (specifically biology and anatomy) informs us that even at conception the basis for a unique individual is begun, with distinct DNA that is the combination of both the mother and father.
Every fetus is a human person, growing and developing traits exactly like no other human. Abortion ends that human life. The physical body may not be complete, but make no mistake; abortion kills a person, the most defenseless person in society.
I wholeheartedly agree with the above quote by Sheila Wellstone, specifically when applied to the violence our society “legally” perpetrates against unborn children.
— Douglas Elia
Last month you published a letter that I had written, asking the public to contact their county commissioners. My concern was that a newly revised Animal Control Ordinance was being reviewed for passage, and it appeared it was about to pass regardless of many flaws in its language.
I pointed out that this ordinance would restrict ownership of animals in our county in ways that seemed almost absurd. I mentioned that Paul Mason and the other commissioners seemed to be prepared to pass the law without taking the time to correct its many over-restrictive and unnecessary details.
I am writing today to thank those folks who made phone calls, and to show that my faith in our democratic process has been restored. I am also writing to say that my concerns about commissioners Paul Mason, Judy Anderson and Mike Ciolli were unfounded. In the end, the commissioners listened to all concerns, had the ordinance revised, and passed it only after all parties were able to give their opinions.
Before I became involved in this ordinance I was not fully aware of just how important our commissioners’ jobs are. I wonder also how many of our citizens understand that these three individuals determine many laws that we all live under in Vigo County.
If we continue to elect caring, responsible individuals like these to our government positions, there just may be hope for this great country after all.
— William Heyman, Jr.
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