To the Editor:
I am writing in response to a letter on Monday titled, “Truth is the Reason.”
Mr. Johanson’s viewpoint of the Justice For All exhibit in the Lory Student Center plaza was that the horrible, and true, side of abortion was finally being displayed, and if it needed to be enlarged and grotesque, all the better to illustrate the cause.
Ethical “truths” are ALWAYS subjective. Many organizations, similar to Justice For All, would like us to believe that truth can be simplified to the extent of black and white, right and wrong, or good and bad.
Disregard to the expanse of gray area between extreme views causes a cleft in rationality, logic, and compromise. Mr. Johanson’s article attempted to further Justice For All’s righteous view points by stating “there’s no excuse for abortion, and you either approve of it or you hate it. There is no in between.”
His argument is ignorant to the views of many who are pro-choice. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. It represents the rights of a woman to decide what occurs within her body. There are hundreds of conditions I could name that would warrant the need for options other than full-term pregnancy, and there are hundreds more that I haven’t even thought of yet.
Furthermore, Justice For All preaches a one-sided truth. Throughout history, women have been subjecting themselves to unimaginably painful horrors, most times resulting in death, to abort the unwanted zygote. When extraneous forces outside of a woman’s control result in pregnancy, or when her life is at risk due to natural or unnatural causes, must it be the woman who is constantly punished? There needs to be room for a choice.