Lindstrom column was unclear
RE: Being pro choice does not mean being pro abortion (Consider This, Jan. 16)It’s amazing to see the mental gymnastics that people will go through to rationalize their thinking. Gary Lindstrom turned himself into a pretzel trying to tell us that it is really pro-life to be pro-choice. Huh? We learned in math class that 2 plus 2 equals 4, and yet Gary is trying to tell us that it is actually 5. Well, he can repeat it over and over until he is blue in the face, but that will not make it true.Let me be clear that I am not trying to argue for the pro-life position here. That would take far too long and, in the end create more disagreement. I am arguing against Rep. Lindstrom’s tortured explanation of his position. I harbor no animosity towards him for holding his pro-choice stance. A lot of very smart and well meaning people hold it as well. But don’t try to tell us it is something it is not, or call those with whom you disagree, hypocrites.The way Rep. Lindstrom explained his position is inherently contradictory. He says he believes in the sanctity of life but also in a woman’s right to control her own body. Abortion is an issue where these two things are mutually exclusive. Being pro-choice means you believe that the right to choose legally trumps the sanctity of life. There are no two ways about it. You have to come down on one side of the fence or the other.Rep. Lindstrom also calls some pro-life supporters hypocrites because they also support the death penalty. A fair criticism, but that is the pot calling the kettle black. Isn’t it also hypocritical to support the right to end a life (in the womb) and be against the death penalty, which is the view Gary shares? If we were all honest, we would say we are all a bit hypocritical and that the Roman Catholic Church holds the truly consistent position of being against both abortion and the death penalty.The bottom line is that abortion is a difficult and emotional issue for many people. We need public discussion on the topic that is coherent and reasonable. Gary Lindstrom’s column was neither.
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