Heartfelt column went beyond just ‘choice’READER'S VIEW: The life or death of a human being should not be a clinical, cold choice, should it?
By: Gregg Schweiger, for the Budgeteer
The good news is that Tammy François’ daughter chose life. (‘My choice, your choice: Trusting women to decide,’ March 11 page A6.) The daughter is apparently happy with this choice as is François, now that she has met her grandson and he is no longer a “choice.” François’ description of her newly born grandson is emotional and heartfelt. A choice, such as the choice of whether I should go to the hockey game or the opera is not such a gut-wrenching choice.
The life or death of a human being should not be a clinical, cold choice, should it? Reduced to one word, void of humanity. It is good that François is not entirely sold, it seems, on what after all is a political slogan — “CHOICE!” The “choice” argument is simplistic in nature and aims to cut off all discussion of what’s at stake in the choice to be made.
The choice we are talking about turns out to be a human life: a real, live, flesh-and-blood member of society with traits of personality from the very beginning of life. And, since we don’t know what the future holds, this grandchild might be the only grandchild François ever has. And the life of that grandchild could have been snuffed out by the choice of abortion.
There are many “C” words such as contraception, conception, choice, convenience. Then there’s the “L” word. It’s the word the Bible advises us to use. “Choose life!” says the Bible. So, should we sacrifice life for convenience, or should we value life because of life’s great value?