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RE-EXAMINING ABORTION: A LETTER TO MY PROFESSOR
by Michael L Huff   

Last edited: Thursday, August 08, 2002
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

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In response to a Social Problems class I took in college, I wrote this letter/essay to my professor. In it, I used the information he taught to challenge him to look at his position in a different light.

Dr. Donald H____,
I would like to thank you for the quality of your instruction this summer. Although I must admit to being a bit skeptical at first, in the end I found the information you presented to be challenging and intriguing. As you indicated to me in private, many of your views are very compatible with a Christian worldview, yet I did find what I consider to be a glaring inconsistency in one area„oyour views on abortion. I find them to conservative, oppressive, and anti-feminist in the purest sense. This sounds extremely obnoxious n my part, but bare with me, I have a point to make.
First, let's establish some understanding between us concerning definitions. I use the term "conservative" in opposition to the term "liberal," as defined in our class notes. The abortion industry is an entrenched, multi-billion dollar industry in the United States today. With nearly four thousand abortions performed daily at the tune of anywhere between $150 and $750 each, abortion has become a capitalist's dream come true . Many young doctors, fresh from medical school and burdened with the huge debt so often accompanying the educational process, find the abortion industry a very attractive means of quickly converting their deficit to profit. This industry has become a part of the status quo, supported by the same people that we learned to view as the bad guys when discussing the health care crisis„othe American Medical Association and the medicine-for-profit establishment. A conservative, by definition, is one who seeks to maintain the present state of political and economical power, in other words, to keep things as they are. A conservative would most naturally support abortion as something that has become an intricate part of our lives, evidenced by the strong support for abortion even among many Republicans.
Secondly, let's look at abortion from the feminist's viewpoint. Our textbook makes a clear distinction between sex roles and gender roles, the former being determined by nature, the later by society and culture. Pregnancy is not a gender role, but rather a sex role, a biological fact of life. Men have not placed it upon women and no matter how well intended, men cannot carry this burden for women. Sure it can be made easier, especially after birth, when the child does not need to be sole responsibility of the women„o tasks can be shared by both or even given over to men. But pregnancy itself is not the result of social injustice and therefore, does not need eradication. Instead, being a thing wholly woman, it should be embraced as distinguishing women over men, a distinct advantage, not the mark of second-class status. Inequalities do exist, but it is in the response society gives to pregnant women, not in pregnancy itself, and it is there that feminists should aim their attack: against ignorance and injustice. Their goal should not be the elimination of pregnancy, nor of the unborn, but the elimination of bias at work, at home, in education and in politics. By attacking pregnancy, feminists undermine their own position, and it has been wisely stated that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Abortion is unwise and unhealthy for the feminists' agenda.
Abortion exploits women. Women have been, and to a great extent remain, a primarily powerless segment of society. On the other hand, the AMA, as we have already mentioned, is not. They are a very prestigious and powerful segment within our society. Knowing that the powerful ever prey upon the weak and powerless, hasn't it ever occurred to you to be suspicious of their strong support for abortion? Is it because are greatly concerned with social injustice and the plight of women today? Or is it, rather, their own bottom line, their own profit that concerns them? The end result of abortion is trauma to one degree or another. Sometimes, and not all that infrequently, it results in sterilization and even death of the woman. The risks involved are not small, though often downplayed by those who support abortion. The emotional damage most women suffer as a result of an abortion is painful and real. Women are often scarred emotionally for the rest of their lives by that one hasty act, done in desperation and approved by a society that offers little else as an alternative.
Furthermore, if we look at what segment of society receives the most majority of abortion services today, we would find an overwhelming representation of Blacks and poor. So it has always been„othe well to do profit at the cost of the down-and-out. Is it possible that this has been conceived by those who have to control those who have-not? If one looks closely at Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, which is one of the most powerful proponents of the abortion industry, it could easily be seen to be true . She was bigoted against Blacks, and made little effort to hide the fact, designing many of the services offered by her organization I order to control and eventually eradicate the Black population. I know you're probably saying that I'm crazy, but what I said can be supported by Ms. Sanger's own writings, in her book entitled My Fight for Birth control. Look for yourself.
So abortion is the means chosen by a wealthy and powerful segment of society to prey upon the weak and powerless, namely women, the poor and Blacks. But what of the child? What of the unborn? One thing is for sure, that for every two people that lay upon the abortionist's table, only one ever comes away alive. But what of the other? The one who remains behind dumped in a plastic bag, thrown away with the trash? Is there no concern for that life, the weakest and most powerless of all the members of our society? In an age when the unborn offspring of a bald eagle has more protection under the law than the unborn of humanity, surely there is an inequality here unequaled in magnitude by all others. If you would take up a cause in step with liberal philosophy and meet to the high standards laid clam to by the liberal cause, then surely this one, the weakest of the weak, the unborn child, must be defended.
My grandmother always told me, "Two wrongs don't make a right." There is no question: women have been oppressed and subject to much abuse in our society, but abortion is not the answer. Instead, it is only further exploitation. The inequalities and injustices within society must be redressed, but not by creating more inequality and injustice. Let us be wise and put an end to abortion.
This, Dr. H____, is much more consistent with liberality as you defined it. I challenge you to reconsider your own position and see that it's time for a change. Again thanks for you insightful instruction„oI know for a certainty that my own outlook has been challenged and will never be the same. May God bless you.

Sincerely,
Michael Huff


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/22/2003
enjoyed the read, you present much for us to consider
Reviewed by xainab dadabhoy (Reader) 4/26/2002
very true !
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