Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The British are coming

Some additional facts and figures regarding the horrific "gag rule" policy over at Talk To Action: Nearly 70,000 women and girls died last year because they went to back-street abortionists.

I discussed this with my English classes the day after Alito was confirmed. Being careful, as always, to tread lightly around potentially explosive subjects (nothing quite like being a teacher in a very conservative school district to make you aware of the thin thread your paid employment hangs by), I asked the classes to consider the question of Roe v. Wade.

After first dealing with the horror that well over half of the students did not know what Roe v. Wade was, I asked them to consider the issue absent of moral considerations and just answer one question: whether you're against it or no, do you think outlawing it will make it go away? Most agreed that it would not. I then said something along the lines of "so, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, it's back to the coathanger." One girl had no idea what I meant, so I explained. She (an anti-abortionist) did not believe me when I said that was in fact how abortion was done in America before it was illegal. I suggested she invoke the mighty power of Google if she didn't believe me.

And here the women in Africa aren't "back to the coathanger"-- they've never left it. Thank the Goddess, indeed, that the British have more true empathy for "life" than we do.


At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Marisa said...

I'm the president of a Virginia high-school Gay/Straight Alliance.

I was just surfing through to look up things about the recent bill our sorry legislature is passing, and saw a comment you posted about it on someone else's blog.

I'm glad to see a fellow ally, even if it is all the way in Florida. I'm sorry to hear about your situation with your current principal -- perhaps you could remind him about a similar pass that was made in Utah, one of the more conservative states on this issue, and that the courts found this illegal. It was either no clubs at all or all clubs. After a while of pompously declaring no clubs, the school board had to allow all clubs thanks to a public outcry. If you want to contact me about more information (I like keeping up with this sort of thing because it helps my defense) you can send off an e-mail to candiroo@hotmail.com

Anyway, your comments were rather upsetting. I hope that the issue will be resolved.

- Marisa

At 5:57 AM, Blogger Matty Crompton said...

Hi, Marisa--

I have certainly considered reminding him of it; however, the situation is a tricky one for me, being a single mom and thus in a bit of a "rock and a hard place" situation regarding my job. As we all know, he can't fire me directly due to religious/sexual discrimination, but that doesn't mean that, sufficiently irritated, he wouldn't find some *other* reason.

Right now I'm trying to go to bat for the Interfaith Alliance, which he *also* vetoed. Things are calm so far, but certainly have the potential to get ugly.

I appreciate the offer for additional information, and should I tackle the Gay/Straight Alliance as well, I'd certainly like to hear your thoughts on it.


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