Halt Violence over Abortion in Words, Acts
Washington, Adrienne T., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
By all accounts, it turns out that "explosion" supposedly in front of the Washington headquarters of Planned Parenthood on the 24th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision was not an explosion and was one block away on the other side of the street from the abortion clinic.
But there was a "pop heard 'round the world" set off by the rapid, reactionary and incendiary rhetoric to the explosion that never was. And the premature reaction was indeed loud and devastating enough to leave a nuclear holocaust in its aftermath.
Antagonistic words are often more destructive than dynamite. Nowhere is that reality more evident than in this country's deadly quarter-century debate about abortion.
With rank predictability, the media feeding frenzy, the faxing feast, and the rash and reckless charges and countercharges were thrown into full force Wednesday as both sides of the abortion debate jumped up on their perennial soapboxes to create a firestorm from a firecracker.
While the pro-life forces marched and the pro-choice faction power-lunched in this heightened atmosphere of violent actions and vile words, a critical point was still lost to all.
When will the well-intentioned, reasonable folks who feel so strongly about the issues of unborn children or a woman's constitutional right to choose finally come together and fight for what should be their common goal, the need for fewer abortions?
Where's the room for compromise? It's in prevention.
All would agree, I'm sure, that 1.5 million abortions in a single year are far too many. Few pro-choicers are proponents of abortion on demand. Few pro-lifers would object to an abortion to save the life of a mother. Right?
Where's the place to draw the line? It's at violent acts that cause death or injury to those already living.
All would agree, I'm also sure, that it is hypocritical to kill to stop what one deems is killing, and a single bombing and three arsons at clinics are far too many in a single year. Right?
President Clinton may be called the "abortion president" by the pro-life camp because he vetoed the bill prohibiting late-term partial-birth abortions and he imposed stiffer penalties for protests outside abortion clinics. But he's right to say that the public's goal should be to make abortions "safe, legal and rare."
Rare is the operative word here.
Recently, I heard Whoopi Goldberg, of all people, talking a lot of sense to Charlie Rose, the public television talk-show host for people who read and think. The biting feminist comedian smirked and said that she was tired with the shrillness of both groups. …