Abortion Is Selfish
I read with great dismay your story "Voices of Choice" [March 24, City Weekly].
I am one of those pro-life people standing outside Planned Parenthood silently praying the rosary, smiling and holding my sign that says "Pray for the End of Abortion." It is my choice to do that. Don't judge me. We have been verbally attacked, abused, flipped off and laughed at. Fortunately, we have also been applauded and made friends with some and changed their minds.
You judge us because you assume we are judging you—so far from the truth. We are praying for you and your baby that you felt compelled to kill. I don't know why you felt you had to kill your child, but that is between you and your maker. I pray you aren't haunted by the choice you have made. We can choose to be chaste, we can choose to use birth control, we can choose to give the child to someone like me who is infertile and desperate for a baby.
It is not brave to have an abortion—it is selfish. My two children are adopted, and I thank God every day for their courageous birth mothers who carried them for nine months and then gave them a better life than they could provide at the time of their pregnancy . Now that's courage. I don't want even 10 cents of my tax dollars to go to Planned Parenthood. That is my choice.
Yes, of course, some of these woman cry and yell "baby murderer" after the abortion. They cry because they have killed their child. When society applauds killing its children, it is at the depth of depravity. How cavalier we have become about killing. The Ten Commandments have become a nice fairytale and religion is smirked at.
We will continue to pray for those men and women who weren't counseled at Planned Parenthood before they chose death for the child. We pray for the babies who could have been the next Steve Jobs (an adopted child), and we will continue to watch with great relief as PP clinics continue to close across the nation. We will continue to fight for life.
Victoria Shasha LeForestier
Salt Lake City
Thirteen Years and Counting
As it is now the 13th year since of the beginning of the war on Iraq, I'd like to say that I'm proud to have been part of the massive resistance, online and on the ground, to the lead up. I and millions of people around the world saw through the lies that most Americans believed about this country that was no threat to us.
Seventy-five percent of the American public believed that Iraq was responsible for 9/11! Thanks, corporate media—especially Fox So-Called News. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, and I'm still waiting for apologies. MSNBC even fired Phil Donahue for airing antiwar voices.
I'm grateful for all the activists I met protesting downtown a dozen times at the federal building. I'm heartbroken that our massive movement around the world just wasn't powerful enough to stop our government from murdering over 1 million Iraqis, sacrificing 4,000 U.S. troops in the process.
People enlisting in the armed services now only allow these crooks to do the same damned thing in Iran. Will we let it happen again? When will we learn our lesson? Will the American people be duped by corporate media again in such a short time span by those who profit off of "Murder Writ Large"?
It's March 2016, the 13th anniversary of the U.S. War on Iraq, a conflict that has led to the destabilization of the region and the rise of ISIS. Where did your candidate stand? With the war criminals? Or the protesters?