Kim McMichael of Culter, Ohio, on "picking and Choosing Biblical Verses," Sept. 2, what a doll! Here's another scripture Christians like to overlook or pretend does not exist. Pro-lifers give no credence to Genesis 2:7, New International Version, "the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being." A baby is not a baby or even a viable human being until God allows its first breath.
We have a law that gives women equality through having sovereignty over their own bodies. My question is, why do Christian, right-wing fundamentalist men ponder more about how to keep women in their place, under men's thumbs, than ponder how to come together with the community of scientists to get us out of the messes we have made of earth, the possible extinction of the human race and the death of our planet?
These same men think they have the right to discuss, apart from women (as if women are unable to make their own life-changing decisions or contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion when it 100 percent changes their lives for the worse) moving women back to the Dark Ages, and, yet, they have never, one time, at any time in human history thought about or made any rule or law to infringe on the male harem mentality. We are well into the 21st century and every developed country has welcomed women as equal partners in the move forward except our country. Why are we still arguing something that was settled 40 years ago for the well-being of all, if we accept the freedoms that God gave us in the Bible instead of interpreting it as a means for men to rule and keep women inferior, blind and emotionally and mentally crippled?
I am thoroughly offended by this second-class status men dish out to women and am bewildered and angry there seem to be so many who want to go back to that horrid time when so many of our sisters died having illegal abortions. Men are the creators of this problem but never have and never will take any responsibility whether interior or exterior for the havoc they leave behind in society. It is so much easier to put that responsibility on women. This law gives women the chance to take back their lives and achieve a fuller measure of their potential.
Michal K. DiClemente