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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 "A crass, angry framework"
NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez writes on the prevailing sentiment at last weekend's Washington demonstrations: "We’re F*****’ Feminists!" If her description is an indication, Boston is going to be a colorful place come convention time this summer.
At the official Kerry blog I posted a comment (halfway down the box):
A question, in all seriousness, for John Kerry:
As a Catholic, he perceives divinity in a piece of bread. Is it such a leap to discern humanity in an unborn child?
I'm quite interested to hear Kerry supporters' thoughts on this. Thanks, MCNS
Most of the replies (that could be gleaned from between hyperventilations on the Bush Bros.' involvement in WTC security lapses) were civil enough. But here's one that captures the strident Bella Abzug-Meets-the-V-Monologues tone widely on display in Washington over the weekend.
Mark C N Sullivan:
I'll tell you why autonomy over my body extends to the lives of children in the womb:
Because it's MY f**king womb, Mark. It is a part of ME. What it is not, is:
1) A loading dock for YOUR beliefss;
2) A jointly owned subsidiary of me, you and the government;
3) A faceless, rightless growth chamber for the production of future human beings.
Women get pregnant. They do not do this single-handedly, and yet we live in a culture where men are free to stay or go upon learning of an impending glorious arrival. And while society attempts to hold them to a sense of moral and ethical responsibility, this country is chock full of women who raise children in poverty and various other horrors alone.
And while the self-righteous right is busy making sure that MY body is governed by them, I see very few of the righteous right stepping up to adopt the multitudes of children currently born to people who did not want them, can't support them and abuse or neglect them.
If you want to do something useful, Mark, get busy and work for 100% adoption of the many unwanted children born each year.
If, in fact, women are to be forced to bring to term ALL pregnancies, then I think this would be the next logical step in the quest for societal perfection:
Randomly assign Self-Righteous men like yourself to raise, support and protect them.
Write your Congressman today, Mark.
Posted by KerryOn62 at April 24, 2004 03:29 PM
Crass, check, and angry, check.
What, by the way, would the Left do without a Straw Falwellian Right to rally against?
Leaving aside the notions that the womb has a face and rights superceding the future human being within, and that it is better to terminate children who might be born into poverty, a question:
Doesn't the sight of all those Chinese children being reared today by suburban white yuppie families suggest there aren't that many American children up for adoption, that the demand for adoptable children is high, and that's why so many childless couples today are jetting to orphanages in Beijing and Romania? Isn't it just possible that loving homes could and would be found for children born to the poor and unwed?