OPINIONS ON ABORTION RIGHTS
EDITOR'S NOTE: The House of Delegates passed and Gov. William DonaldSchaefer signed into law Monday Delegate Lawrence A. LaMotte's bill to affirm the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 legalization of abortion. We have been asking readers if they think abortions should be legal and readily available in Carroll, if parents should be notified if children plan an abortion, and if minors should be required to undergo counseling first. Here are some of the replies we received:
From: Betty M. Spicer
Abortion should be legal and available for everyone if not too far in the pregnancy.
Minors should be required toundergo counseling first -- but not have to notify parents.
A woman's body is her own to do with what she thinks is right for her.
* From: Lynn Schumacher
I think abortions should be restricted.
It is not right to take away the life of a helpless human being to compensate for the error of another -- that only compounds the trauma.
If someone becomes pregnant through irresponsibility, she should not kill the baby to escape her responsibility for carelessness. If she can't handle being a mother, she can let someone adopt it.
I even feel that in the case of rape, the baby should not have to pay for the crime. It's a tough issue, but even if abortion was allowed in the event of rape or other extreme circumstances only, it would be better than making abortion legal for any reason.
I definitely think a lot of counseling should be mandatory for anyone considering abortion. The counseling should include the girl's parents if she is a minor.
I believe in the sanctity of human life and that pre-born children should be protected under the U.S. Constitution.
* From: Bonnie Hunt
I believe that abortions should be illegal except in extreme circumstances, for example, rape, and the abortion be done in the very, very earliest stages.
Also, if the baby is diagnosed to be severely retarded or a damagedembryo.
Too many people use abortion as birth control, and that'swrong.
* From: Wilmer C. Erb Sr.
Abortion is murder: They shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galations 5:21).
Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess 5:22).
Absolutely no abortion in Carroll!
Wake up before you end up in Hell.
*From: Diane F. Decker
In the matter of abortion I feel the rights are for the unborn child.
It is every woman's choice before conception not to get in a position where a life will be taken.
At the time of conception, a new life begins. It grows, so how can that not be a living soul?
Only in extreme circumstances should an abortion be legal. God did not intend on having human lives taken, especially a life who cannot speak for itself or choose what sin his mother has committed.
As for children having abortions, children should not be having sex.
Let's get God back where he belongs, first in all our lives and there will be no need for an abortion bill.
DON'T CONDEMN LIFE
From: John B. Calafos
In The Carroll County Sun, Feb. 17, 1991, Jeff Griffith gives us the stories of three women to show us "the value of the right to choose."
Yes, we have become a "pro-choice generation" looking out for No.1. We even make it sound so American: "the freedom to choose."
When I was in school, we were taught the value of human life, which couldn't be bought at any price.
Now, human life is weighed against personal convenience, whether it be education, job promotion, family size, etc. Above all, we must have "quality of life."
That which 30years ago would have been morally wrong now has the backing of our judicial and legislative systems, and sad to say, some of our clergy.
One of the problems of being pro-choice is that it allows us the freedom to hide from ourselves the seriousness of what we are doing. Then we put ourselves in danger of losing the point of reference needed to guarantee basic human rights.
When we have to make a choice concerning innocent human life, whether for ourselves or for others, there is no choice. We cannot let the "right to decide" become superior to the "right to life." If we do, the "choice" becomes our god.
Then we will have become the most shallow of creatures, for we will not have arrived; we will have lost our way.
In her Nobel Prize speech, Mother Teresa said, "The poorest countries in the world are those with legalized abortion."
That's the way it is.
THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
From: Lisa Sasala
and Trisha Remmey
Recreation and Parks
The Carroll County Teen Recreation Council would like to thank Westminster Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc., the Spider Web Inc. and Thunderhead Bowling Lanes for their donations of soda, T-shirts and free bowling games which they contributed to the Lock-In, held at the Four Seasons Sports Complex Feb. 2.
We would also like to thank the many dedicated parents and other adults who gave up their evening, and their sleep, to help chaperon. The council is grateful for all of their assistance.