To the Point

honest thoughts about life, people, God, and doing what's right–>

abortion is a thumbs down July 28, 2009

Filed under: Ethics — Veronique @ 8:40 am
Tags: , , , , ,

This is an essay I did for my AP English Language class (hence the way too formal writing). I used pics in the assignment but because of copyright and jazz I haven’t included them here. The websites I used as a source are at the end.

Abortion. There are so many opinions and positions on this issue that it is almost overwhelming. Some people have no problem with abortion itself, but claim that the effect on mental health of the mothers is too detrimental, and others have no problem with the methods, effects, or consequences of abortion at all.
But I have to question how any human being with a conscience can have nothing against abortion. I understand that it is convenient, it is an easy solution to the problem of an unwanted pregnancy, and for some women it can make the difference between life and death. Only in the last instance would I let it slide; other situations, however, are no excuse for the murder of a helpless human being.
People say that abortion is not murder, because the fetus does not become truly human until the actual birth. It does not seem to matter to them that the fetus will become human, and that is the only thing it can become. Who has ever seen a human fetus grow into something other than a human? If the fetus isn’t human, then what is it, exactly? This is no excuse for murder. And, especially in the case of partial birth abortion, I doubt that anyone with a conscience could look at these children and say that they are not human.

I have a friend, aged eighteen, who found out a few years ago that her mother had had an earlier pregnancy, and had an abortion. She was in tears, saying that she could have had a brother or a sister. “I wonder what they would have been like,” she said. “I can’t believe mom killed them.” Not only this, but it was incredibly difficult for her to look her mother, the woman who had raised her and loved her, when my friend knew that she’d killed. It was a huge setback to their relationship.
Aside from abortion being nothing more than sanctioned murder, the effect on the mother is nearly always negative. Women who have had abortions struggle with feelings of guilt, depression, even regret, sometimes within hours of having the abortion. I browsed some neutral websites on abortion  that allow women to tell their stories, and I found a few that were written one or two hours after the abortion. All of them said that they regretted it, that they couldn’t believe what they’d done.

There is an alternative to abortion. All women, but especially teens, women who are pregnant because of a rape, and other women who simply cannot afford to take care of the child have an option that is so much better than abortion. There are hundreds and thousands of women who cannot have children and who would give anything to be pregnant, and they usually resort to adoption. While the ideal is that a child is raised by his or her natural mother, being adopted is a thousand times more preferable than being murdered.

Websites

Stand Up Girl
Pregnancy Help
Abortion Stories
Regrets

 

on strike July 27, 2009

Filed under: Ethics,News — Veronique @ 5:25 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

MoneyOkay, so I get that wages are low and you have a family to feed and you work harder (and in much more gross conditions) in public service (trash removal, bus driving, etc) than the averge six figure earner, and I get that going on strike is away to fix that. or at least try to fix it. But my word, must we set things on fire? Kind people, who currently look not so kind but actually look kind of bloodthirsty, I implore you to s’il vous plaît stop throwing makeshift bombs into the street. Stick with the signage and the yelling, and if you like you can even section off a street or invade a building or something. Have at it. But let’s not cost people any more money, yeah? If I were you I’d rather have the money spent on repairing damages that I made on pumping steroids into my paycheck.

Click Here For the Story

That said, I would now like to add that things have got to change. When is a government going to do what is says it will? I would hate to say never, because then I’ll be accused of being negative. But I’m fairly sure – after, you know, watching the news and not living under a rock and things – that it’s sort of up to the rest of us to make the world how we want it to be. Which is why I have nothing against strikes (just occasional methods used).

I also have no problem with volunteer work, protests, donating to shelters, teaching kids to read, cleaning the sidewalk, and smiling once in a while.

Come on, guys. We don’t have to all start dressing like hippies and carrying hemp canvas bags, but can we please just focus on something other than ourselves for a bit?

>>africanstardust

 

jokes

Filed under: Ethics — Veronique @ 4:14 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

BaboonWhat is the deal with jokes? Here’s what I don’t get. If one person – for our purposes, a Very Attractive Guy with pretty eyes – tells a dumb joke, everyone laughs and says it’s funny “because it’s so stupid.” But if someone else – Very Attractive Guy’s younger brother, who perhaps has not lost his child chubby – then suddenly it’s just a bad joke. What a loser.

What is our problem? Why does the appearance behind the joke matter at all? Not to be a jerk head here, but look at famous comedians. Sure, some look like they’ve been airbrushed, but a lot of them probably had food thrown at them in school. And now they’re famous. So the next time you want to poke fun at someone with a little bellyfat, just think a little bit before you do something lame, okay? Do YOU want to be the person Albert Brooks talks about when listing the people who held him back? I didn’t think so.

>>africanstardust

 

Mystery After Mystery November 28, 2007

Filed under: moving — Veronique @ 5:14 pm
Tags: , , , ,

God works in mysterious ways. I mean, really. Earlier this week I was feeling somewhat hopeless about life in general. Since my last post, I’ve met a potential new friend and applied for a job which I basically got. I’ve also cooked two successful dinners and I feel like I’ve lost some weight. So, all in all, things are looking up. It’s funny how, just when you feel like things couldn’t get any worse, God pulls you up again, and not gradually, either. It all just sort of…happens.

The place where I’m going to be working is this awesome art gallery/studio/giftshop type place, so I can’t complain at all. Not many people have this good of a first job. And now, to dinner for me. Chao.

 

Somewhere There’s a Light, Right? November 25, 2007

Filed under: moving,News,South Africa — Veronique @ 8:57 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Everyone here my age is skinny, pretty, blond with straight shiny hair, and looks good in anything. Not really, but you get the idea. They’re gorgeous, perfect. They grew up on the beach, what else do you expect? But I don’t fit in here and it makes it harder for me to make friends. Don’t get me wrong, I feel at home more than I ever have in the past 10 years, but because I didn’t actually grow up here I don’t fit the mold of South African perfection. Of course I never quite fit the mold of American perfection, but that’s not the point. I have to wedge myself in somewhere, among these teenage outgoing “golden goddesses” and I’m not so sure that I can.

*sigh* Okay. My life right now is this. I have no friends in the general vicinity or even in the entire Cape province (and that’s big). I have three friends total in the whole of South Africa. Two of my friends are in London. Most of my friends are in Colorado Spings and Alabama. All day I write to them or at least read their messages, clean up around the house, write, ride my bike, go walking, read, eat, and every once in a while I cook something. The rest of the time I sit around thinking and praying that God will PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEAAAASE show me what to do next, what step to take next that will help to eventually get me to where he wants me, and to where I want me. Believe me, that’s quite a lot of thinking and praying.

I know this is a transition period and I’m probably being WAY too hard on myself and the situation, but a huge part of me is craving for normalcy, some kind of routine, and a stepping stone to the next phase of my life; I can see it, smell it, taste it, but it seems to be just out of my reach.

 

We’re Still Alive November 23, 2007

Filed under: moving,South Africa — Veronique @ 8:55 am
Tags: , , ,

Not that anyone probably heard about the floods, but for the record, we’re still on the planet. There was an enrmous rainstorm and several towns along the coast of SA are flooded like crazy, but we’re okay. So yeah.

I don’t know what this will be. If you want to know where my life is going, I guess, feel free to read this.

On a different note than death and updates, I’ve realized that I’m obsessd with cooking. So much so, in fact, that I will gladly spend my money on cooking appliances. Tonight we’re having roasted chicken with parsley potatoes and asparagus, in case anyone wanted to know, and I’m making it. Hooray for parsley.

I miss everyone and I’m dying of boredom. SOS.