I recently found out this week (February 14-21) is National Condom Week, in honor of St. Valentine no doubt. We didn't plan our advocacy visits to coincide with the occasion, but we figured we should acknowledge the festivities in our meetings.
Was on Garza Snyder Live in DC this afternoon. We kicked off by discussing the response to Rick Santorum's interview with CNN's Piers Morgan about abortion in cases of rape. You know, a little light banter to get things rolling.I thought Morgan's opening question was telling: "On abortion, you did harden your position on that as you got older--why was that?" I would have liked to stop Piers right there and ask why the view in favor of life is the "harder" position. Seems odd. I guess he was teeing the ball for the real question, which was "If you had a daughter who'd been raped and was pregnant and begging you to let her have an abortion, would you really then look her in the eye as her father and say no?"
I was surprised to hear Terri Schiavo’s name come up during last night’s GOP debate. The question was why the government should have more say in medical decisions than a spouse.
I followed the Schiavo case closely and was horrified at its outcome. Terri’s death seemed so completely unnecessary and unbearably cruel. Her parents were eager and able to care for her. There was no written directive or “do not resuscitate” order in place. There was only a husband with another life to live and a judge who thought his robe gave him the authority to make a determination from the bench to end the life of an innocent woman.
It’s ironic that the question had to do with who should have “more say,” when the one person whose life was on the line ended up having no say at all.
I was having a rough day yesterday, so I took a walk. I read somewhere that Smith Wigglesworth did a one-hour prayer walk each day and it seemed to work well for him, so off I went. I was crying out to God – well, whining really – but doesn’t “crying out” sound so much more spiritual? So there I was, crying out to God, when I felt like He asked me a question.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability, it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be coworkers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a huge fight brewing over the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA (H.R. 3261). The stated purpose of the bill is “to promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by combatting the theft of US property.” So far, so good.
On November 19, 1861 (exactly seven score and eight years ago) Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272-word address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on a battlefield that just a few months earlier had been soaked with the blood of those who surrendered their lives for the premise that all men are created equal. The nation would endure another full year and nearly five months of bloodshed before the Civil War would finally be over. In the end, 600,000 men would be dead, a President would be assassinated, and a number of states would continue their rebellion against equal treatment under the law for one hundred more years.
It’s still difficult for me to imagine our nation taking up arms to hold itself together.
I have to keep this short because it is nearly 3:00am and I have an early meeting tomorrow. Just returned from a long day in San Francisco which began with the sentencing hearing of my friend Walter Hoye. Walter was arrested last year for violating Oakland’s newly enacted “bubble” statute, which prohibits approaching, without permission, within eight feet of anyone entering an abortion clinic. The law is modeled after the Colorado statute upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hill v. Colorado in 2000. Anyway, Walter was convicted in January of two counts of violating the statute – each of which carry a maximum penalty of a $2000 fine and/or one year in jail.
"Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of http://levitrakamagra.com/. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong."