Editorial/Opinion Page-Jan 22,2001

It's the 28th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. We hear about it all the time, but do we really know what it's all about? It's said to be about a woman's right to choose. What's it really about? I'm not a lawyer, so I couldn't really tell you much about it even if I had the entire Supreme Court decision memorized. Most of the people who rant and rave for either one side or the other aren't lawyers either, but it doesn't seem to stop them from having an opinion about it. Well I have an opinion too but it doesn't have much to do with the law. What it does have to do with is right and wrong. As a society we have supposedly decided it's wrong to kill another human being, yet we do it all the time. We put people to death if we feel their crimes are bad enough. We kill soldiers in other countries if we feel they or their leaders are a threat to our country. We even kill innocent civilians and children who are unfortunate enough to be in the way. Apparently it's ok to kill if you feel you have a good enough reason. As for abortion, nobody on this planet knows when life begins, if you say you do you are a liar. What if life begins at or around conception? Is the so-called woman's right to choose a good enough reason to kill? I thought a woman already had the right to choose before a pregnancy. Apparently not, because if Roe vs. Wade is about a woman's right to choose, the Supreme Court has ruled. If that makes abortion ok to you that's your business. It doesn't make it ok to me. Abortion is and will remain wrong in almost all cases regardless of what the Supreme Court or anybody else says. Maybe the people who are so concerned about a women's right to choose should ask about the right to choose for somebody who's around 28 years old. Somebody might have chosen to end his or her life as it was just beginning. The Supreme Court thinks that's ok. I don't.

Editor