There's nothing funny about abortion

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

I am writing today because I find the column headline, "What's funnier than abortion?" written by Brandon Loomis, to be repulsive at the very onset of seeing it and then to read the final line, "Until then, the important thing is that we can laugh about abortion." I am thinking to myself, this is the best an accomplished writer and editor of a newspaper can come up with for a title? That is pretty pathetic.

This column is brought on by a good aspect of the Catholic mission to educate the public through humor, but the fact remains, the number of abortions continues to grow. Planned Parenthood is trying to set up in Juneau to continue the growth of their business.

The real sad irony of the estimated 500,000 to 800,00 people recently marching in Washington, D.C. was to celebrate the ability to kill or not to kill innocent babies, There lies the irony of the celebration. There were Alaskans among those thousands of people: LaRae Jones, a board member for Planned Parenthood of Alaska, a member of the Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition, Susan Knowles, Fran Ulmer, Molly McCammon, and 10 marchers from Juneau. One quote from an Associated Press storydated April 26 was, "The sheer number of people was just mind-boggling," Jones said. "It was just exhilarating. There were lots of chants and cheers, and it was just a very powerful feeling."

You would think with all of the celebrations, cheers and chants, there would be a Super bowl, World Series team or a championship victory. No. Instead, we have people celebrating the ability to take the life of a baby when it becomes inconvenient. The mental and physical torment that accompanies the abortion process is untold and unmentioned to the clinic patients.

I find nothing funny about abortion. I think that your title was insensitive to people's feelings and I find that your ability to make a humorous column was made pointless by your inability to be conscious of other people's misfortune of having an abortion.

Sam Guthrie

Juneau



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