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Original feministsopposed abortion

Robyn Blummer rightly celebrates the women and men, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who, gathering in 1848 Seneca, N.Y., declared equal rights for women.

Previously, "Women could not vote; married women could not own property; they were denied higher education, and their husbands had legal dominion over them."

Sadly, women have proven quite capable of misusing their power just as men misused theirs. Like men, women trample the principles that undergird equality: namely, the powerful should not oppress the weak. Women, once victims, are now oppressors.

The victims are preborn babies whose silence, concealment and vulnerability make them easy targets.

Susan B. Anthony called abortion "the horrible crime of child murder." Furthermore, —…the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who ... drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!"

Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."

Drew Hymer

Medford

Lessons learned have grave consequences

Again, lessons learned at the 4-H market swine competition: "I've learned to take in a lot of responsibility and how to manage money. I've learned not to be attached."

This from a veteran of the process, namely, raising a pig to optimum size before selling it for slaughter to the highest bidder. The pig, of course, is a sentient being wanting to live out life to its full; it also understands affection and trust — love, if you will. It knows "attachment" — loyalty, is another word for it.

The question is unavoidable: What lessons are learned by youngsters who so raise and then with, steely resolve, send their beloved pig off the slaughterhouse?

Empathy for other sentient beings and compassion for all who suffer are the foundation for any society that claims to be "civilized." As we treat our "animals," so we treat our fellow humans. Cruelty and betrayal cannot be justified on the grounds of sound "money management" nor does "detachment" from the process exculpate those involved.

Without empathy or compassion, our militaristic, materialistic society breeds people capable of using drone attacks against defenseless humans thousands of miles away. That capability must be carefully taught, from an early age.

Ragan Cavanaugh

Ashland