The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, February 27, 1985, Page 2, Image 2

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Abortion shouldn’t be illegalized
By Shelley Ball
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amount of letters to the editor
that have been sent into 77ie
Print this school year. So, in
an attempt to get more of you
out there to write to us, I
thought I would write about a
topic that is practically
guaranteed to do just that.
At least, this particular
topic was responsible for hav­
ing two consecutive issues of
The Print’s editorial pages fill­
ed with all sorts of emotional
responses a few years back.
Just what topic was powerful
enough to generate such a
massive response?
Abortion.
Community Corner
By Fritz Wenzel
If art can capture your attention through length robes. It is clear that the artist wants
sheer beauty, intricate detail or striking color to convey the precious value of a child’s life.
and make you hang around long enough to They above all must be saved.
reap a meaning or a message, it’s purpose
The environment and progress so often
has been accomplished. If that message leads conflict with each other in today’s world that
people to do great things that preserve a part it is easy to ignore the ongoing battle. The
of humanity, then art has been justified.
mural in Barlow pleads with us to not ignore
The mural at the bottom of the wheel­ the battle.
chair ramp in Barlow Hall got my attention
The battle is waged daily at the Hanford
the other day, and it’s message bears passing Nuclear Plant in Washington State. For in­
along.
stance: This past week the employees at the
The mural, which is rich in color and con­ plant discovered that their drinking water is
trast, stretches about 25 feet wide and is contaminated. The few with the power did
about 15 feet tall. It testifies to the ongoing not anticipate that this contamination would
struggle between the environment and thé in­ occur, but in fact they now admit that it has
dustrial progress of man.
been contaminated for the last five years.
This past December workers at Hanford
The mural depicts two worlds; the in­
dustrial smokestacks, the bumper-to- who construct nuclear warheads for the
bumper traffic that emanates from the Defense Department were being exposed to
modern city, and the steel structures that excessive levels of radiation at the rate of
mark what we call progress and success on more than one per work day. The few with
one side, and the free-flowing stream, the the power did not anticipate that the ex­
fruited orchard and the bright sky that we posures would occur, but they withheld safe­
ty information for nearly a month, until the
find in nature on the other side.
The conflict of the mural is dramatized in government required them to report it.
The next two years the federal govern­
the grayish-white human figures that are bat- -
tling in the central foreground. Here a few ment will decide if this same Hanford site
warriors with shields and clubs, apparently should be the storage place for all the
defenders of Man’s progress, beat back nation’s nuclear waste. The few with the
masses of unarmed, unclothed men, women power will promote the idea. What will the
and children. It is a classic expression of the masses do? Will all those who live
few with power forcing the many without downstream of Hanford, including the
power to succumb to the force of develop­ students of this College willingly accept with
apathy a possible cancer rate 10 times the
ment.
The masses are responding to this brutali­ national average as has been projected if the
ty by retreating from the industrial side of Columbia River is contaminated? Will
the mural to the side where nature peacefully deformed babies be the price the powerless
reigns. In their exodus, they are putting a will pay? The barlow mural begs that these
high priority on getting the chilldren off to a questions be asked.
path where they can rim to a bright horizon
If art can give us a message, it is suc­
full of hope. In fact, only the small
cessful. If that message leads people to do
children are running down this path, which great things that preserve a part of humani­
is protected by monk-like figures in full- ty, than art has been justified.
Now that the word’s out, and instead handle the situa­
I’ll set some guidelines for the tion another way (adoption,
letters: First and foremost, for example) should be ap­
let’s not get into a fight over plauded for their courage, but
whether it’s right to be pro­ women who do decide to have
choice or pro-life (whatever an abortion should be
those terms mean). The respected for their decision in
arguments for each side the same manner.
haven’t changed much, so
Those who support the idea
there’s no sense in sounding
of illegalizing abortion should
like a broken record.
be ashamed of themselves.
What should be the concern What makes them think they
of everyone is the possibility can impose their beliefs and
that, following a game of feelings on others, that they
musical chairs in the United can force people to do
States Supreme Court, abor­ something simply because they
disagree with their decisions?
tion could be made illegal.
While the chance of il­
legalizing abortion is unclear
at the moment, the mere
possibility of this happening
should be enough to scare peo­
ple. By making abortion il­
legal, people would be allow­
ing the federal government to
control the lives of women in
deciding their fate concerning
pregnancy.
I’m not saying abortion
should be or is the best way to
handle an unexpected
pregnancy- but I’m saying
abortion should never be
eliminated as an option, no
matter what the circumstances
are concerning the pregnancy.
It is every person’s right to
be allowed to make their own
decisions, and to have a choice
in making those decisions. Il­
legalizing abortion, however,
is depriving women of their
freedom to have a choice.
Being pro-choice doesn’t
have to mean one condones
abortions for all unexpected
pregnancies, but rather means
supporting the right for abor­
tion to remain a legal, safe Op­
tion for women to have in
deciding their fate.
People should stop arguing
over whether it’s right to be
pro-life or pro-choice. In­
stead, they should consider
whether they want the federal
government telling them how
to conduct their lives.
Whether anti-abortionists
like it or not, for some women
abortion may be for them the
best choice to make for their
individual situation. Granted,
there are other ways of handl­
ing an unexpected pregnancy,
Orwell’s “1984” may have
and abortion is definitely not passed, but illegalizing abortion
for every woman. Women would bring frightening reality
who would not under any cir­ to the phrase, “Big Brother is
cumstances have an abortion watching you.”
THE PRINT, a member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Associa­
tion, aims to be a fair and impartial journalistic medium covering the
campus community as thoroughly as possible. Opinions expressed in
THE PRINT do not necessarily reflect those of the College administra­
tion, faculty, Associated Student Government or other members of THE
PRINT. THE PRINT is a weekly publication distributed each Wednesday
except for finals week. Clackamas Community College, 19600 S. Molalla
Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045.
Office: Trailer B; telephone: 657-8400, ext. 309, 310
Editor In Chief: Shelley Ball
News Editor: Fritz Wenzel
Arts Editor: D. Dietrich
Sports Editor: Rodney Fobert
Copy Editor: Fritz Wenzel
Photo Editor: Joel Miller
Advertising Manager: Jack Griffith
Cartoonist: Richard Byington
Advertising Representative: Richard Byington
Staff Writers: Shelley Davis, J. Jason,
Amy LaBare, Julie Miller, Heather Wright
Staff Photographers: Rodney Fobert, Jeff Meek,
Mike Templeton, Daniel Wheeler
Typesetter: Diana Blakley
Advisor: Dana Spielmann
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