|Where does the line
dividing the right to die and live cross? And who makes that
final judgment? The abortion issue is rife with moral issues,
thrusting both sides in combat with the Beast of Terror--is abortion
murder or a human right? It tears and shreds at thousands daily
who chose abortion over life, to the tune of more than 1.3 million per
year. But what tension would exist on the moral or legal
side if one were to chose over aborting the Beast the Terror or not?
Would it be an easy decision or a difficult one? Here's one
viewpoint. Would you abort the Beast of Terror?
22, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 497
Aborting The Beast Of Terror
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 22--Today is a
sad day, a troubled day, a day of great conflict for millions upon
millions who stand near or on the line of abortion. It is a day
when people are asked the question and forced to answer: "When
it is legally right to kill a child of the Children's Children's
It is also the day to ask:
"Would you abort the Beast of Terror if you knew it was growing inside
Abortion, the legalized killing of
children, celebrates its legalized anniversary in the United States
Thirty years ago--one generation and
50 million abortions later--the United States Supreme Court ruled on
February 22 in Roe v. Wade that abortions were legal.
For many, it was the turning point in
women's rights. It cleaved the relationship a woman had with a
man. It gave her full, unequaled authority over her body.
She had the ultimate power of life over death, and unilaterally could
chose to kill or let live the embryo inside her with impunity.
For moralists, it was the sign of the
Devil. Authorizing the "right to kill a child" was the
work of Evil, a bloody signet that the moral demise of society had
reached its peak and everything from here on was downward into the
pits of Hell.
America is still torn over the
issue. Fifty-five percent of the population favors the right of a
woman to have an abortion during the first three months of her
pregnancy, 40 percent oppose it, and 5 percent are not sure, according
to Time/CNN surveys reported in Time Magazine's January 27,
believed Roe v. Wade was the sign of the Devil
Asked if a respondent would
consider himself or herself more pro-choice--favoring abortion--or
more pro-life--protecting the rights of the unborn--the division was
split more closely: 49 percent favoring pro-choice and 45
percent favoring pro-life. The gap between the two is a
mere Four Percent, a thin margin but a massive moral one when measured
by the millions of children who never have the chance to become
full-term human beings, who die at the whim of a legalized choice
rather at the hands of Nature's will.
According to Time's article,
the rate of abortions has been slowly declining. In 1990, 28
percent of women who found themselves pregnant had an abortion.
Two years ago that rate dropped to 25 percent.
Between 1990 and 2000, the rate of
abortions dropped from a high of 1.6 million a year 1.3 million,
decline of 18 percent. So did the number of physicians
performing the operations decline, from 2,400 in 1992 to 1,800 today.
But the battle continues on both
moral and political planes. Even though Republicans are
vested with a Conservative anti-abortion agenda, 53 Senators are on
record as favoring Roe, if not from personal convictions from a need
to garner votes.
The new generation of women are
looking at abortion with a more jaundiced eye than their sisters a
generation ago who sought the right to control the destiny of their
own body's reproductive rights. Time reports that 53 percent of
women between the ages of 18 and 39 say they consider abortion an "act
of murder." For a generation raised on the principle
of legalized abortions this is a startling percentage to pro-abortion
activists, and signals a shift in attitude between a woman's rights
and the moral rights of the unborn.
Abortion is not the privy of
America. The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that 54 countries
allow abortion, representing 61% of the world population. And,
97 countries have abortion laws that make it illegal according to the
pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in New York.
Listed below are some of the
nations and their pro- or anti-abortion legal stance.
|France - Legalized
Britain - Legalized
Switzerland - Legalized
Denmark - legalized
Hungary - Legalized
Romania - Legalized
Poland - Illegal
Italy - Legalized
Colombia - Illegal
Peru - Illegal
Mexico - Illegal
Russia - Legalized
United States - Legalized
Australia - Legalized
Brazil - Illegal
example, allows and encourages abortions if a child is deformed or
handicapped, or if the "timing" isn't right, or, if the child does not
fit the "sex ratio" proscribed by the state.
For many, the issue of birth control
goes to a problem of world population. Abortions help control
the explosion of human beings who double in size nearly every
But there is a more ponderous
question at stake that concerns us all when we are faced with its
presence--Would we abort the Beast of Terror if we knew it was
growing within us?
For people like myself, this is a
tough question. I'm pro life and cannot fathom the idea of
terminating it for any reason. I know that were I faced with the
decision in real life, I might be tempted to be swayed by emotions and
circumstances, as any human is in a face-to-face confrontation with
reality, but from a moral and intellectual view, the idea of aborting
a life is like playing God or the Devil, I'm not sure which.
To judge the value of another human life is a choice I would not want
to make, even thought as a warrior who has killed in combat, I might
seem like I'm talking out of the side of my mouth. But
there is a difference between killing and being killed, and in holding
up your hand and voting the death of an innocent human being who has
yet to live life.
As I would not pass a parent or adult
beating a child on the streets, neither would I turn my head and allow
a suction tube to extract an embryo from the womb of a mother--would
that be my choice.
In Vietnam I witnessed the delivery
of two children by village women. In my own family, I witnessed
the birth of my two daughters. And, I have witnessed the
magic of three grandchildren born and happy in a world of
For me, personally, nothing is more
significant than the beauty of a child's future. All my
life I have fought to shed my Beasts of Terror, to find some solace in
life from my past where I felt abused and neglected and unloved.
I sought to repair that damage I suffered as a child with my own
family, and because I believe I have vested my life in my children, in
the progeny of making the world a little better by giving my children
what I believe I didn't have, I honor children as the greatest of all
gifts humans can enjoy.
Children to me represent the true wealth of
all humanity. They are more powerful than any money, fame or
fortunes, for they are the reflection of a person's true moral wishes,
even if that person falls short of his or her own moral marks.
One can instill in a child values that he or she wishes he or she had,
and correct misguided paths one has taken so that the child's path may
be less littered with defects of character.
Raising a child is often like coaching.
While the coach may not be the best of players, he or she has the
intuition and wisdom to know what is right even though he or she may
not be able to perform those functions with the skill of the child.
Teaching wisdoms does not require the skill of applying them, for
often wisdoms are nothing more than heaps of mistakes one teaches
another to avoid, and the proof of such wisdoms is often measured by
the scars on one's back and the desire that the student is wise enough
to avoid the same mistakes.
This allows the imperfect to teach
It is why grandparents are so valuable to a
child, for a wise grandparent who has learned much by trial and error
will bend a child's ear and tell about the crooked versus straight
path, and forewarn the child of the dangers that lay ahead on both the
beaten and the path less traveled. The grandparent
will offer the child choices that few can present, for the grandparent
has traveled many roads and holds the map to life.
Denying a child such wisdom startles me.
While a young parent may feel inept about raising a child and seek an
abortion because of confusions or difficulties in understanding life
itself, it seems the duty to raise the child in such a situation falls
upon the grandparents, the relatives, the family members.
Rights right for children?
I find it
hard to fathom that a pregnant woman deny a
child life based on the "trouble" a child would present in her life,
especially if there is a family to care for the child. But then
I am a father. A grandfather. I love the
pliable child's mind, the ability to help shape its beauty, to watch
it grow as a flower in a garden. I love pulling the weeds from
the child's mind--to help it remove the Fear, Doubt, Confusion,
Intimidation, Complacency that attacks it, and replace it with
Courage, Conviction, Clear Thinking, and the ability to take Right
That makes it easy for me to answer
the question about the Beast of Terror's embryo's right to live.
If it were my choice, and I knew the Beast of Terror was implanted in
a mother's womb, I would not opt to abort it.
Is a child a
Beast of Terror or a Hope for the future of the world
Even though the Beast of Terror is
known to us all to be the source of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency, it still is a child of Hope. Even the most wild and
unruly child, the most incorrigible child, has the right to change, to
evolve above his or her handicaps of inhumanity.
It is easy to look upon a child as a
burden, a problem, a dead weight, as lead in your arms. It is
easy to scream at a child to shut up when he or she screeches and
bellows primal cries for food or attention, or when he or she is sick or afraid.
It is easy to tell a child "Don't bother me, don't you see I'm busy."
It is easy to teach a child to hate and to "do what it is told," and
to threaten a child with either physical or emotional anguish.
But it is hard to love a beastly
child unconditionally, with all his or her flaws and faults. It
is hard work to see the beauty of a child's innocence beneath
all its "unacceptable behavior." It is hard to believe that a
child's actions and behaviors are in a great part reflections of how
he or she has been trained, managed, loved or unloved, cared for
uncared for by his or her
parents, loved ones, guardians and society itself.
The Beast of Terror within us is the
unruly child of our ancestors--the unloved, uncared for, undisciplined
child that runs amuck like the bully on the street enjoying dominating
others, or, like the sad sack walks around with its head hung low
claiming to be a nobody, a nothing.
The Beast of Terror is all our
children whom we haven't given the respect of humanity, whom we have
abandoned by the road to fend for themselves, and like feral
cats or wild dogs, they snarls and hisses at us, wary of our
outstretched hand for fear we will backslap or kick them or pretend to
love them and then get tossed out into the cold, dark night.
All wild beasts can be tamed in time,
with love and patience. But it takes a great deal of time, and
is dangerous for there is always the chance that the wild child will
turn on its master, bite the hand that feeds it, retreat back to the
safety of the dark primal cave from whence it was lured with warm milk
and loving arms.
Aborting the Child Beast of Terror
eliminates the danger disappointment in the child, or finding one
doesn't have the patience to manage the child's primitive demands.
But, aborting the Child Beast of
Terror also is an act of Complacency. It means we have given up
Hope that we might one day be able to manage the Beast, treat it with
such respect and consideration that he or she turns not against us, but works
with and for us.
We forget that over centuries and
centuries we have taken the wild beasts from the jungles and forests
and found ways to breed them into domesticated allies, pets, friends,
buddies who give us unconditional love as we give them unconditional
We also forget that we do not race
out to exterminate all the wild creatures that attack us. If a
bear kills a human being, we don't kill all the bears to rid ourselves
of the threat of being killed by a bear. Instead, we learn to
live with the bears. We don't try to exterminate all the
dogs that bite humans, or all the tics that bite and leave us with
Lyme disease. We let the Beasts of Nature live, in hopes we can
blend our lives with theirs, respecting them and hopefully creating a
balance between them and us that limits both the liability of
the Beast and the human.
Vigils such as
this one in Idaho plead the cause of the unborn
So why would we exterminate a
Child Beast of Terror? Why would we abort its life if we thought
we might be able to teach the Beast of Terror how to live more
comfortably with us, and us with it?
We would only do so for selfish
reasons, based on our impatience to deal with Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency. Rather than trying to tame the Triads of
Terrorism, we would convince ourselves that by eliminating them they
would go away. But they don't.
In the U.S. we kill well over 1
million new lives each year through legalized abortion--abortion
almost on demand for no just reason in most cases.
Then, those who kill their babies have to live with their Beasts of Terror
that they did so.
Those who abort their children
must at some time down the road wonder what that life would have been
like, what that child would have looked like, acted like.
One cannot erase from her or his mind what a child might have been, or
the fact that for $300 that child was sucked out into a tube, and any
hope of its impact on human evolution erased.
It is the same as I thinking about
the death of those in Vietnam I hold onto. I can never let
their faces go from my mind, for their eyes always look at me no
matter what I try to do escape them. They are
haunting eyes, eyes of life turned to death at my hand, and the hands
of my comrades, my buddies. They appear when I least
expect, shadows of the mind that whisper: "No right to kill...no
right to kill."
Back then, when I wasn't so
wise, it seemed easy to kill. Now, that I am aware of the
Beast of Terror's wrath, I understand that the Beast isn't so bad.
He brings messages to me that I must answer, questions that must be
dealt with, and goals I must work to achieve.
One of those is about the right
to life that all humans have. Do all humans have a right to
I must face that question with
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions. I have to say yes.
I have to say that I never had a right to kill anyone, even though I
did it legally.
I cannot hide behind the shields of
war, or the authorization I was given to "kill" as justification for
I cannot believe that a law is a
justification for abortion. Not now.
I believe life is more precious than
the right to kill, except in self-defense, or the defense of others.
In life there
Today, I would not volunteer to kill
anyone, for any reason, because I do not believe that taking life is
just. It is not an act of Vigilance, but an act of Terrorism.
So I would not abort the Beast of
Terror, even though I knew it was hell-bent on creating suffering for
those who were not Vigilant.
I would believe that the birth of the
Beast of Terror would be motivation for all those who were ignorant of
Vigilance to learn to manage and neutralize the Beast of Terror.
I would consider the Beast of Terror like an alligator, a wild
creature we needed to learn to live with.
I would also try to tame the Beast of
Terror, wary always that it was wild and feral, but not
unapproachable. No beast is unapproachable unless we think it
As for abortion, I wish all those who believe it is legal
to change their thinking, and ask whether it is moral.
Is it right to kill the Hope of the future? Even
if that Hope comes in the disguise of a Beast of Terror?
21 -- Tunneling Out The Beast of Terror
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