Letters to the Editor - March 14, 2014
Wondering about wedding
The Rev. Kent Harrop sounds like a good, caring person (News-Register, March 4). It is commendable that he shows a willingness to help all people.
I do wonder, however, what kind of help he gives when he participates in performing a wedding that the Bible in 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 states is a sin.
As he is a minister of God’s word, I was wondering how he could walk away from Christian scripture that clearly states who will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The yelling continues: pro-life, pro-choice, right to privacy, murder … it goes on and on.
Most often, the discussion lumps each woman who makes the heart-wrenching decision to abort a fetus into the same group, as we lump enemies in war, so they have no face, no individuality and therefore aren’t really human. This way, we feel comfortable condemning them and their choice.
What we refuse to understand is that no woman makes the decision to abort a fetus lightly or easily.
She has looked very carefully at her life situation; physical, financial and emotional. She has prayed, cried, talked, worried and, in the end, has come to the decision with heavy heart, doubts, guilt and yet certainty that an abortion is the best option when looking at the whole situation.
Does she “want” to? No. However, she has determined that it is the decision she must make.
To condemn her is to say, without looking at her as an individual human being or acknowledging her as an adult, that some other person or government entity knows better than she does what she is experiencing and how best to live her life.
The other disturbing part of this debate is how completely those who advocate recriminalizing abortion have blocked from their memories the substantial numbers of women who had abortions before it was legalized and were permanently maimed or died because of the “back alley” procedure done without proper care or training.
Forgotten, also, is how a woman was “required” to carry a fetus to term even when pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or when the fetus couldn’t possibly live (developed without heart or brain) outside the womb.
No woman will say an abortion is a good choice, but sometimes it is the right choice.
Library seeks design ideas
McMinnville Public Library wants your ideas for enhancement of its entrance plaza, the covered outdoor area between the main entrance, the Carnegie Room and the parking lot. Anyone may take the survey, which includes questions on how this space could be made more welcoming and inspiring.
You can complete the short survey in English or Spanish at www.mac library.org, or pick up a copy at the library front desk or the information desk on the second floor. Whether you are 8, 18 or 80, your feedback and design ideas will be considered.
A project group from McMinnville’s Ford Leadership Institute training program and the Library Foundation are taking the lead on the survey and the enhancement project. Completed surveys are needed by Saturday, March 22.