[Vision2020] Love is my choice

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Mon Aug 31 04:58:15 PDT 2020

Courtesy of today’s (August 31, 2020) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with special thanks to Shirley Ringo, former representative of Idaho’s Sixth (now Fifth) Legislative District.


Love is my choice

Renee Love is my choice for District 5 state representative. I am not a completely single-issue voter, but it would be hard for me to vote for a candidate who is not pro-choice.
This is a difficult issue for many of us. It should be made clear that pro-choice does not translate to pro-abortion. No pro-choice individual will be out on the street corner hawking, “Get your abortion right here! You’ll be glad you did!” In fact, it is a medical procedure that is, sadly, sometimes necessary. It may be necessary because of a condition with the fetus, or the physical or mental health of the mother. This is a decision not appropriately made by the government, but made by families, guided by their physicians, and clergy.
Photos are occasionally shown of a scorched looking fetus to show abortion as a horrifying procedure. We need to realize that such photos are intended to evoke emotional responses. A responsible, compassionate physician would never produce such a result. The real danger would result from rendering abortion as a medical procedure inaccessible so that desperate women would be forced to return to drastic measures. Caroline Troy is not pro-choice. She explains that she is Catholic. I am not Catholic. Many of her constituents are not Catholic. A lawmaker who makes decisions based upon his/her specific religion limits the freedoms of those of us who do not share that belief, and that is inappropriate.
It is important that we leave these very difficult decisions in the hands of those in a position to make them with understanding and compassion.
Shirley Ringo


Video . . .


This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Remembrances include those of women who experienced illegal abortions, doctors who risked imprisonment and loss of their licenses for providing illegal abortions, and individuals who broke the law by helping women find safe abortions.



If men could get pregnant, there would be an abortion clinic on every street corner and the morning-after pill would be available in a wide variety of flavors.

In closing . . . if I may . . . I would like to remind us all of the . . .

. . . Good Old Days

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
“A stranger is just a friend you haven't met.” - Roy E. Stolworthy
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