Magazine article Insight on the News

Ashcroft and the Medeas Grapple over Life

Magazine article Insight on the News

Ashcroft and the Medeas Grapple over Life

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There are those who would like us to believe that Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft is "antiwoman" because he is against all abortion and abortion is supposed to be a "woman's issue."

Except it isn't.

It's not about us. How out of touch we women must be with our maternal instincts to think that it is. When so many a mother has given her life so that her child might live, the notion of a woman choosing herself over her child -- not to save her life, but to simplify it -- is most unnatural. It is a choice that makes about as much sense as that of Medea, the heroine from Greek literature who sought revenge on her husband by killing their two children.

When women allow the single issue of abortion to determine their voting behavior, they do so at the expense of their own dignity. By giving preference to candidates who will protect their right to sexual liberation without consequence, over those who will protect their children, they indulge their lower faculties. And as long as the country still is taking its cues from the Me Generation, abortion rates will remain high and the issue will remain center stage.

Often supplementing the "woman's right to choose" argument is the "If it were men ..." argument. Meaning, if the situation were reversed -- and men were the child bearers -- abortion rights wouldn't even be an issue, since men traditionally do what they will to facilitate their lives.

Precisely. Hence God chose woman to bear the child.

Most would agree that, in comparison to the rest of the animal kingdom, the Maker got pretty creative when he made man. What was to stop him from going a step further and making it so that the male became pregnant?

But he didn't. He entrusted the womb to woman.

Since we like claiming our divinely intended roles as the world's healers and nurturers, often taking the higher moral ground to men, whom we fault for making war and such, then aren't we, women, supposed to do better? Do we really want society to balance out its double standards at the expense of innocents?

John Ashcroft does not. And his is a view that can't be faulted. One can only disagree, or adopt a less strident version, but one must respect the man. …

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