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Oct. 19, 2005

Abortion reasons disturbing

The opinion polls in the Lariat's article Tuesday about Harriet Miers raised a number of questions I have struggled with for a long time. It seems strange to me that evangelicals, of which I am one, will rally so strongly against a woman's ability to choose whether or not she carries a pregnancy to term, only provided there are no extreme circumstances.

While we reject the idea that a woman should end a pregnancy because it will cause her social discomfort, for example, the stigma of being a teenage mom or the economic challenge of providing for an unplanned child, many of us still affirm that she can make this choice provided the pregnancy will cause her emotional trauma, namely, if the child is the result of incest or rape.

It strikes me as immensely selfish to either end life or refuse it, depending on where you stand on when the fetus becomes viable, because the presence of that child will constantly remind us of a painful situation, understanding that "painful" is an egregious understatement.

Now, lest you think I am making a case for illegal abortion, I am not.

While we may agree with the morality of the present administration, once the door of moral legislation has been opened, how are we to oppose any future administration with whom we do not agree?

Suppose a high school friend of mine was in a terrible drunk-driving accident a number of years ago while her boyfriend was in the car. As a result of the crash, she was badly scarred and the boy lost his left leg. Now, all of us would think it absurd if the girl had requested to end his life because his presence was a constant reminder of every way her life had been changed by that horrid incident. Why, then, do we allow for it in matters of abortion?

Bobby Goodrich
Greek and religion 2006

Small favors meaningful

I just wanted to write and say thank you to the Lariat for running letters from my brother, David Kaye, who is serving our country in the Middle East. The last several months have been especially hard for our family, but it is great to see that my brother's efforts and observations are being shared with all of the Baylor students, faculty and staff.

I constantly find myself thinking about David, and I grow prouder of him by the day. I hope that everyone at Baylor keeps David in their thoughts and prayers.

I also wanted to comment on a column David wrote recently. In the column, he mentioned that a friend of his at Baylor who he stays in contact with sent him a package filled with letters from every student in one of her classes.

You have no idea how much it means to our family to hear that. It makes me even prouder that the gesture was made by Baylor students. Thank you to everyone who has written him. Please continue to do so.

Every day, we take our lives for granted. Sometimes it takes one of our fellow Baylor Bears to help us remember just how fortunate we are to live the lives that we lead.

I've always wondered what it is that makes some people tear up every time "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America" is played.

I know now, because I experience it firsthand every day. Thank you again to all of the Baylor students, faculty and staff for supporting my brother as he defends our way of life and helps those who so desperately need us.

Adam Kaye
Speech communication 1998