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Wrong Answer to Abortion

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When I produced the daily talk show, Kaleidoscope, at KAKE TV in Wichita, Kansas, I learned you could discuss just about any issue but abortion.  It was too polarizing.  People would talk until they were blue in the face, raise their voices and get angry but neither side would budge from their position.  No matter how compelling the arguments for or against, those who were pro-life and pro-choice just dug their heels in deeper.   It was an argument that couldn’t be won.  That was nearly 20 years ago.

Unfortunately we’re still not talking about abortion.  Instead radicals like Scott Roeder pick up guns and shoot people like Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas in church.  I am shocked by the hypocrisy of those who say they are pro-life but will kill someone and feel they are doing God’s work.  No matter how you feel about abortion or the work Dr. Tiller did, there is never any excuse for violence or vigilantes.  It is terrorism.  Even pro-life groups are ashamed and outraged by today’s violence. 

President Obama has his work cut out for him as he tries to bring some civility to this divisive issue.  During his recent speech during commencement at Notre Dame University he said “the question, then, is how do we work through these conflicts?  Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?  As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”  Can we get there by talking?  I’m not sure but at least Notre Dame had the courage to take on a controversial subject.  We need to dialogue.  Terrorists forcing the abortion debate is the wrong answer.

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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at www.teletrendstv.com. To contact Vicky Collins directly email vicky@teletrendstv.com or tweet @vickycollins.

3 thoughts on “Wrong Answer to Abortion

  1. Thanks for sharing Vicky. I too am appalled by many in the extreme pro-life camp. How can they claim to be pro-life and then go out and kill someone? It’s mind boggling.

  2. And now the judge wants to let Roeder use a defense that says he was defending the unborn which could get him manslaughter. He had no problem pulling the trigger on Dr. Tiller. He should face his maker.

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