During election periods these questions are asked of pro-life campaigners, "What if the mother was raped or the mother is in danger? What if the child is unwanted?"
There's no question that rape is horrible, however killing the baby is not treatment for the trauma. Some might say "but that baby will remind her of the rape." What if she had the baby and years later the child reminds the mother of the rape, is she allowed to kill the child? No, that's murder. Then why is it allowed while in the womb? It's not the baby's fault that the father was a criminal. Are any other criminal's children killed for the father's crime? Perhaps harsher punishment for the rapist would be fair.
Some say abortion is all right if the mother is in danger. There's a difference between abortion and forcing delivery, then giving the child every chance to live. If the baby dies because of that treatment it would be unfortunate; however, the desired effect was not to kill but to prevent the deaths of both mother and child.
Since when does anyone's right to live depend on whether they are wanted? Does that mean anyone unwanted can be eliminated? What if a teenager is a financial burden? When an aging parent becomes an inconvenience are they killed? What about an "unwanted inferior race?" That's one step away from justifying the holocaust and other atrocities. Should we allow discrimination against a class of people because of their age and place of residence?
One percent of abortion is due to rape or incest, six to potential health problems. Ninety-three percent occur for social reasons. Carefully judge where you stand on this issue because the same reasoning could jeopardize our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As we near the graduation season, I would like to take the opportunity to commend the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program of Minnesota. This program has not only been a great learning experience for me, it has also been very beneficial. For those who are unaware of this program, it is an option of education to high school juniors and seniors. Rather than remaining within the high school, taking the normal curriculum or advanced placement courses, a student may attend courses within the college, full or part time. There are certain stipulations, but a student will earn credit toward both their high school and college educations.
When this school year is complete, I will be a 17-year-old with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. I have obtained experience in a college atmosphere to aid in my future education, without the common worries of a college student. There was no pressure to work since there was no need for housing, tuition or books. I have also lessened my college experience by two years. Even though there were added pressures of scheduling, to meet requirements, and maintaining a high GPA, these would not be considered hindrances in my opinion. Throughout my two-year college experience I have come across a number of PSEO students and have not found one who has been disappointed with their decision. I would strongly encourage students to explore this option for high school and would also encourage the state to continue this program. It is very reassuring to have experience and a head start as I move forward into my life.
Go, C-I, go!
This is in response to the letter written by Chelsie Pratt of Aitkin High School. As devout Crosby fans as well as C-I Girls Basketball team, both Shelly and I feel strongly that the rivalry still exists, and we didn't take her letter lightly.
In the past, Crosby-Ironton has defeated Aitkin many times. They have, in turn, beat us in high school sports. Crosby fans are extremely supportive of their athletes, attending as many home and away games as feasible.
One of the cornerstones in developing into well-rounded athletes, as well as spectators, is to understand and portray the concepts of good sportsmanship. We at C-I stand behind our athletes 110 percent, and to the misinformed Chelsie Pratt: GO, C-I, GO!
C-I fans and athletes
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