Flashpoint! A Woman’s Right To Choose (1/09)

by Gary Graham I’m not a person filled with hate. I don’t brew strong stomach acids when I hear/see things I think horrendously idiotic or unjust in the news or on the street. Initially, my reaction is to laugh. The irony is simply too much, and I crack up. Generally, it’s either laugh…or cry. And who wants to spend the day in tears? For I would, were I to give in to that option of dealing with the utter, naked insanity in our midst on a daily basis. I’m not just talking about something that ‘isn’t quite right’ or… ‘is just a tad out of whack’…I’m talking about the United States of America in this year of 2009 being completely off its moorings and slipping into the abyss. “What the h— is Graham on about now?? What momentous, screeching rant is he conjuring up now; can somebody put him on a stupid TV show so he’d shut up already??” – Your name here. No. I’m going to say it. I’m going to say what millions know in the front of their brains, and many, many more millions know in the depths of their hearts…but won’t allow themselves to think it, much less feel it. And believe me, I know I’ll be hated for saying it, I’ll be hated by people who don’t know me, have never worked with me, have never golfed with me, had a drink with me, shot the shit with me. They’ve never met me, don’t want to meet me…but they will hate me. I’m going to say it anyway: Abortion is murder. Screams, bomb blasts,...

Editorial: Women and Abortion

by Monika Rodman and Kathleen Buckley Public transit riders have recently been greeted by a series of abortion-rights ads directed at young women. Sponsored by the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP), the ads are visually and rhetorically bold. An ad shows five scowling, middle- aged men and declaims, "77 percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100 percent of them will never be pregnant.'' A friend of ours overheard the typical comment on this ad: "Isn't that the truth!'' Is that the truth? Not at all. You see, we belong to the purported 23 percent calculated by PEP. We are young, pro-life women. We are anti-abortion leaders. And we are happy to report that we collaborate locally, statewide and nationally with many other gifted and compassionate anti-abortion women.      When we first saw the PEP ads previewed months ago in a feminist journal (yes, we read feminist journals and even subscribe to many of the best ideals of feminism), we immediately questioned this “statistic.'' To be honest, we laughed at it. PEP asserts that 47 out of 61 leaders of anti-abortion groups are men. We'd like to see that list. Given our many years' involvement in the anti-abortion and broader pro-life movements, we fail to see this number reflect those who really are the key thinkers, actors and spokespersons in the contemporary anti-abortion movement. In fact, women represent a strong majority among pro-life leadership. For many of us, that work includes the promotion of life-affirming alternatives to euthanasia and the death penalty, as well as to abortion. "Where are the men?'' is the running joke at our own monthly conference calls....