We love a healthy debate. And abortion, for better or worse, seems to be the flavor of the past few decades.
We’re not about to tell you whether it’s moral to go get an abortion. It would be a waste of ink. It’s a question of personal, religious and scientific values, and faith.
And the gigantic photographs on display in the middle of the Plaza – well, as organizers said, it’s not the best way to do any convincing.
The members of the Collegian’s editorial board have varying views about abortion. But the only convincing that the gruesome photos of partial-birth abortions did for us was to cancel any spaghetti and meat sauce dinners we might have planned this week.
In this case, the anti-abortion crowd’s method clearly overpowers its message.
It’s going to enrage the pro-choice crowd, not make them question their own views. Because in almost every case, an entire lifetime of values both passively and actively instilled in a person play into forming such an opinion.
Big, sensational photos will definitely raise a debate and draw a visceral reaction. It’s reason enough for us to run a gruesome photo of a drunk driving crash.
Of course, not all issues are as clear-cut as drunken driving. We all know that we shouldn’t drive around town with a belly full of booze, and we all know why.
Abortion, however, couldn’t possibly fall into the same category. People on either side of the debate feel incredibly passionate about their opinion. And evoking a gut-reaction-driven debate, in this case, really won’t do much for anyone.
The real loser here, we think, will be our food court restaurants. We’re not sure we’ll be ordering Panda Express’s barbecue pork or a meatball sandwich from Subway (fantastic as these dishes may be) in the near future.
The result could be a gut reaction that nobody wants to see.