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College Republicans offer differing views on abortion
I am sure that the majority of
students and faculty here at Meredith
have already decided how they feel
about abortion. Therefore, I am not
writing this editorial to radically
change minds, nor am I writing this
to condemn anyone for their beliefs.
I am writing this because I am so sure
of the way I feel about abortion and I
have a sense of duty to express my
This is my first year of college.
My ambitions and goals are innu
merable. This is the way things should
be for every college woman. I cannot
believe I am the same age my mother
was when she became pregnant with
me. What a tremendous decision
she had to make!
It seems like there are three
decisions a woman in this situation
can make. First, she can give up
many of her dreams and totally alter
her life plans so she can have the
baby and rear it. Second, she can go
through the heartache of having an
abortion, and then try to continue
carrying out her plans and reaching
her life goals.
The last, least chosen, and most
unselfish decision is adoption. This
is the decision my biological mother
So many times, I hear friends
say that if they became pregnant,
adoption would not be an alternative
because, after carrying a baby for
nine months, they would love it too
much to give it up. I feel that it takes
more love to give a baby up for
adoption tlian it does to keep it, if a
woman knows it will be better off
in another family. I think it is ter
rible that people do not realize that
adoption is a tremendous sacrifice
due to a tremendous love for a baby
from a mother.
My parents also appreciate
and are grateful for the decision
my mother made. Adoption is the
only way they were able to have a
baby of their own.
In closing, I would like to
express how I feel about the terms
“Pro-life” and “Pro-choice.” These
The 1992 Presidential race is very
tight, and one of the major issues is
abortion. Most people see the abortion
line drawn between the Republicans
and the Democrats, with all Democrats
Pro-choice and all Republicans Pro
life. This just isn’t true. The Pennsylva
nia ruling that restricts a woman’s abil
ity to obtain an abortion was pushed
through by the state’s Democratic gov
ernor, Bob Casey, and the Democratic
Attorney General, Ernie Preate. The
Republican party platform states an
“unborn child has a fundamental indi
are inaccurate and unfair labels for
anyone. Abortion advocates are
“Pro-life” because they are con
cerned about women’s lives, and
they are “Pro-choice” because they
feel women should be able to
choose what is best for their lives.
However, anti-abortionists are also
“Pro-life” and “Pro-choice” be
cause they think a woman should
be able to choose. But the decision
should be what is best for the un
born baby. How can you let some
one choose if you do not give them
an opportunity to live?
vidual right to life.” That is only the
platform; many Republican politicians
such as Wyoming’s Senator Alan
Simpson and Pennsylvania’s Arlen
Specter, and most Republican voters
support the Pro-choice movement. A
Times-Mirror poll shows that 71% of
Republicans are Pro-choice. Until now.
Choice supporters, secure in the Su
preme Court decision on Roe v. Wade,
have remained silent.
For the past ten years, many sup
porters, disgusted with platform rheto
ric have deserted their party, leaving
the remains of a once diverse “Big
Tent” to the hands of a more conser
vative Right. The basic premise of
the Republican Party is to keep gov
ernment out of public lives, and the
platform stance on abortion is a di
rect violation of the party’s overall
point of view.
This issue is not poUtically
based. Catholic Governor Casey and
Baptist Senator Jesse Helms agree
on the abortion issue. Religion should
not be part of any politician’s or any
party’s political ideology. When
questioned about the platform, Bar
bara Bush stated that she hadn’t read
it, and had no plans to read it, but
that she knew the man, and that is
who she is voting for. It’s the man
that counts, not the platform. Two
Bush appointed justices voted to
uphold Roe, and he has also ap
pointed Pro-choice members to
his cabinet. The leader of our coun
try is comfortable with the expres
sion of different opinions, unlike
the Democrats, who refuse to al
low Casey time for an anti-choice
statement at their convention.
The grassroots organization.
Republicans for Choice, headed by
Ann Stone, is providing an outlet for
Republicans dissatisfied with the
party’s stance. Stone’s organization
is forcing politicians to realize that
the majority of their constituents want
women to have the right to control
their own bodies.
For more information, regard
less of party affiliation, on the orga
nization of a Raleigh chapter of Re
publicans for Choice, call Lynn
Davidson at 829-7853.
In last week's issue of the Herald, the pictures of Lynn Farmer and
Lynn Davidson were switched. We apologize for the mistake and
are running the articles again this week to clear up any confusion.
Thank you. Amity Brown, editor-in-chief
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