Pro-birth, not pro-life |

Pro-birth, not pro-life

Chris King’s Feb. 27 angry restatement of his beliefs, “Calling abortion what it is: evil,” again shows his lack of concern for women’s well-being (Letters, Feb. 27, The Aspen Times). He doesn’t care about the hardships they face as a result of his kind of narrow-minded, right-wrong thinking. He diminishes women’s fulfillment and happiness by twisting it into self-adoration. Why are we here if not for happiness, fulfillment and love?

Mr. King insists again that his is the only right opinion. He demonstrates unwillingness to open his heart and listen to those of us who are here, who have a different perspective on a woman’s right to choose. He fabulously illustrates my point that while it’s fine to express opinions, it’s not OK to force them on others. Difficult problems can only be solved when we get past our emotions, listen to each other, and engage in respectful dialogue.

A reader sent this quote from Joan Chittester, a Benedictine nun, author and speaker from Pennsylvania, about pro-life politicians’ lack of concern for the living: “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Jane St. Croix Ireland


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