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Oct 052004
 
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Once again, the graphic displays are back. Although most of the

pictures are of miscarried fetuses (not abortions), they make a

compelling point. Almost no one argues that abortion is a good

thing. In fact, most pro-life and pro-choice advocates I’ve spoken

with agree that reducing the number of abortions performed would be

a positive step. So what is the debate really about?

If pro-lifers are truly pro-life, then it stands to reason that

they’d be against the destruction of life in other areas as well,

such as capital punishment and the Iraq war (both of which the

Catholic Church officially opposes). Consider, for instance, that

more than 11,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed by our actions in

Iraq.

One day last week, U.S. bombs killed 16 women and nine children.

Regardless of my stance on the war, that’s not something I’m proud

of my tax dollars contributing to. Pro-lifers should particularly

abhor President George W. Bush, who not only rushed us into war,

but also as governor of Texas, personally signed death sentences

for 152 people. That’s not respecting life.

Nevertheless, few pro-life advocates I’ve talked with are

against capital punishment or the war in Iraq. In addition,

pro-life groups frequently oppose programs that educate people on

the use of contraceptives — programs that have been shown to

reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions. All this suggests there

might be something other than a simple respect for life motivating

pro-life activism.

Before falling sway to the emotional manipulation of some very

big signs, consider what else is at stake in this issue. If

abortion were made illegal, would it be moral to force women to

carry babies to term? How would this change our respect for

life?

Todd D. Mitchell

Professor, English department

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Every time the Justice For All exhibit comes to campus I hear so

many complaints of how offensive the pictures and messages of the

display are. I agree, they are very offensive, but I wonder: if

just pictures are so horrific how much more offensive is the actual

practice of abortion. I would encourage the students who find the

pictures so hard to look at to step back and think about how the

legality of abortion makes them feel. To me, yes the pictures are

offensive, but that is why I’m outraged that we as a society allow

such a practice to take place everyday so casually. I hate to see

these pictures as much as everyone else – I don’t think there is a

single person who likes to look at the photos – but that’s the

point; abortion is offensive and we need to put a stop to it.

Emily Gardner

Junior business major

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When discussing the impact Amendment 36 will have upon the

voting populace of Colorado, if it is passed, it is very important

to realize what the amendment seeks to achieve at a higher level:

the consolidation of the power of presidential election into the

hands of the common voter.

The Electoral College originated for two reasons. First, to

maintain the election power of rural areas relative to metropolitan

areas of the country. Secondly, to keep the power of the vote in

the hands of the well educated, wealthy, white upper classes’

elector representatives.

Politicians showed a lot more interest in the common issues when

in 1913 the 17th Amendment gave the power of appointment of U.S.

senators to the state’s popular vote rather than the state

legislature. In ratifying the 17th Amendment there was some fear of

mortality instilled in incumbent, private interest-driven senators

who lacked a strong link with the people they represented.

Why, 90 years later, have we failed to perpetuate this pattern

of the distribution of voting power for the common American

citizen? Why must popular vote be limited to the state level? Will

more heavily populated areas carry a greater weight in elections?

Yes! But to say that this will somehow affect the voting of

less-populated areas in a society that is so heavily penetrated by

all forms of mass media, political advertisement and opinion is

simply wrong.

In shifting toward a single, national popular-voting system to

elect our president by ratifying Amendment 36 in Colorado, we can

move in the direction of one of the great amendments yet to be

ratified in the greatest democracy in the world, the power of

deciding the highest office in the land by the common vote.

Drew William Haugen

Sophomore, biological sciences

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First of all, I would like to offer my empathy to the students

and others who have been affected by the signs on the Lory Student

Center Plaza. However, I am of the opinion that students, and all

who have opinions about abortion, should take a minute to view the

display. The pictures are gruesome and graphic, but they reveal the

untold story. I am curious to know how anyone who is affected by

these signs can ignore why they are affected. Instead of ignoring

what abortion is I think we, as individuals, need to be informed

about everything involved with abortion, the positives as well as

the negatives, to make objective decisions. I think it is

unfortunate that many people, male and female, pro-choice and

pro-life, turn a blind eye to reality. As a nation, we need to

inform ourselves as best as possible before making decisions; that

is the best way to be confident and without regret for our actions.

Please consider these words and please consider being educated

about topics that you must make decisions about.

 

Liesl West

Sophomore art/apparel and merchandising

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