Dana Milbank's column in the Washington Post was printed in the Jan. 24 edition of our Record-Courier. I wonder why? It is hardly well written. Even after reading it twice I could not discern his intent. Humor? Contempt?
For those that fortuitously missed the article, Mr. Milbank seems to be poking fun at James Dobson, for a comment he made in 2008 imploring Christians to pray for rain on the presidential nomination of Barack Obama. I do not know of this reference. He eventually moved on into 2014 to ridicule those in attendance at the March for Life on the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22.
He writes, "the weather gods may have been making a pointed argument about a movement that has become frozen in time." His reference was to the extreme cold and snow that contributed to the smaller numbers in attendance. (Apparently, the hearty 30,000 souls who did make it to D.C. traveling hundreds of miles in white-out conditions did not impress him). He then jumps upon serious issues such as the "No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act"and further links this all to Republicans and confirms the GOP's "war on women."
Mr. Milbank's column seems to me to be frozen in time or at the very least a sorely lacking retrospective.
First Amendment rights and all, this column ranks foremost as unenlightened. Political parties, be they conservative or liberal do not change the reality of a child in the womb. We are not still discerning the argument if a fetus is globular tissue or a baby. Scientists now tell us "by all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception," (Dr. H. Gordon, chair, Department. of Genetics, Mayo Clinic) Babies can hear and smell and feel at just weeks of age. What we want to address is the constitutional violation of the law -- that these vulnerable babies deserve legal protection. However, what we do not want to do is alienate women who are pregnant with an unexpected pregnancy -- let alone draw them into political cross-fire with incendiary and irrelevant commentary.
The pro-life witnesses on the Mall in D.C. on Jan. 22 do not represent a "war on women, " rather they are courageous reminders against all odds that we must protect and defend all assaults on life -- from human trafficking and abortion to capital punishment, spousal abuse and euthanasia -- anything that denies anyone life and hope.
Karen Barrett, Kent