Churches betrayed by members who support abortion
It is disheartening to read and listen to all the hateful and disparaging things being said about the church these past few weeks.
It's expected from the secular world, of course, but perhaps the more heartbreaking comments are those of my own brothers and sisters in the faith who have long ago excommunicated themselves from her teachings.
I have never understood how anyone who considers themselves a Christian could rationalize abortion or abortifacient drugs. How do you do that?
It may go something like this, "those babies should be killed, and the resources saved used to feed the poor."
People who think this way either believe in no God or a very detached one indeed. Jesus revealed to us that the very hairs of our heads are numbered, and that a sparrow doesn't fall from the sky without it being noted in heaven.
Now, in these modern times we have seen a new and more terrible slaughter of the innocents. The church also has been betrayed by some of her own members, as Christ himself was.
As the church now endures her own passion, we can join those who would accuse, curse, and spit upon the mystical body of Christ, or we can live up to our calling.
I would argue with the assumed possibility that birth control enables promiscuity.
In some cases that will be the outcome. The sexual revolution no doubt certainly did usher in the more acceptable and liberating attitude toward sex, for both men and women.
In 1963, professor Garett Hardin, a highly respected biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, gave a lecture at U.C. Berkeley to which a meager 35 students chose (somewhat nervously in those early days) to attend.
Someone in the audience raised the question, "What about promiscuity?"
Hardin said personal promiscuity is a private choice, but he predicted the greater, more inevitable and unfortunate result would be promiscuous parenthood. A socially indefensible outcome. A growing travesty.
Too bad more free lovers didn't heed his foresightful prediction.
Money not an issue
I have been reading various letters stating that there are oral contraceptives available at many pharmacies for $9.
While that is true, it is not that simple for many women. There are dozens of oral contraceptives on the market, and they contain different forms of estrogen and progesterone, in different potencies.
Like any other medication, it is often trial and error to find one that works medically with minimal side effects.
When churches choose to open and operate hospitals, they are running businesses that employ people of different faiths. These employees will make personal decisions regarding family planning, often for medical reasons.
It is more feasible financially for the business to pay $20 for oral contraceptives than $20,000 for pre-natal, post-natal and pediatric care.
There are those that will say it is about morals and not money. Maybe so, but it's not smart business.
I live downtown and have had an ongoing problem that seems to be widespread in Lexington. Irresponsible dog owners seem to be everywhere, but most of the pet owners downtown are completely without conscience when it comes to picking up their pets' waste.
The green space in front of the courthouses is the worst, a veritable minefield of stinky poo.
I myself own two dogs and must walk them three times a day. I never leave the apartment without a couple of plastic bags to deal with the inevitable.
It is a very frustrating and common occurrence to take my dogs out at night, pick up the poo and then step in someone else's mess.
Please, people, it's not that hard — have some pride in your city.
For decades, pro-choice supporters have ruled with regards to abortion rights. Now these groups are concerned that pro-life supporters will now rule. Yet, I believe there are some things that most could agree upon.
First, federally banning abortions will not stop abortions. Just as Prohibition caused more problems than it solved, banning abortions would do the same. Let the citizens of each state make their own choice.
Second, the practice of leaving unwanted babies to die or drowning them is indeed murder, and we must stand firm against these practices.
Third, we must stop direct or indirect government funding of abortions and funding for groups that promote abortions. Government funding in this way helps create the "you owe me" attitude in our society, which encourages hate rather than promoting personal responsibility, which encourages self pride.
Fourth, improve the adoption process and how we take care of these children. This will not only improve the lives of orphans and those who want to adopt, but it will help make abortions less appealing.
As I understand it, many states make it very difficult to adopt, yet too easy to foster children. Therefore, too often children are viewed only as a government paycheck and are abused, neglected and sometimes even murdered.
Making adoption more appealing would give women better choices. Who can really oppose this?
Regarding the conservative outcry about birth control access, where is the same outrage about Medicare and Medicaid paying for penile implants to remedy erectile dysfunction?
With all these pumped-up geezers on the loose, birth control is needed more than ever.
Applaud the direction ("Bravo, UK theater," March 11 letter) but Lexington is not lucky enough to have Vic Chaney, who directed UK's August: Osage County.
Chaney now resides in San Francisco.
Harm is done
A message from my heart to doctors and nurses: They call it abortion. But they know within their souls that they are taking innocent lives, those who never had a chance to breathe a breath of fresh air.
I pray they will wake up and realize what they are doing. I wonder if they have forgotten their oaths: First do no harm. Now they are in the same category as the murderers behind bars.
They have the blood of innocent babies on their hands. Was the money worth it? They need to face reality and take responsibility for their actions. I speak for the innocent who have no voice.