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My Own Indecision 2009

I'm having worries. So I go to Catholic school, and outside abstaining from uber-Catholic activities and not lying about my own beliefs when asked directly, I haven't rocked the boat much in these past three and a half years.

But. But now I'm a senior, and I'm president (former chief editor) of the school newspaper, and I already got into Stanford with a pretty generous financial aid package (ie., I'm not worried about getting scholarships from my high school). So I have this ability to speak, and I want to speak now. One of the biggest--and most administration-approved--movements at school is the Crusaders for Life, the pro-life group. If you're wondering what the pro-choice group is, believe me:  there's no option for one. The majority of my best friends are in this group and have even gone on the March for Life held every January in D.C.

I'm pro-choice. Strongly so. I don't get into it with my friends; we tacitly let that lie. But this opportunity has arisen for me to write an opinion article on the subject, and... I want to take it. So I wrote an op-ed entitled "A Culture of Life:  How a Pro-Life Movement Can Work With a Pro-Choice President." I wouldn't call it a pro-choice article; all I say in it is what I believe, which is that the pro-life movement going about stopping abortions the wrong way, and what I think the right directions would be.

I've prepared myself for the backlash:  from friends and mostly from faculty. I've prepared myself to lose respect from some people if it means that I can sleep at night knowing that I spoke when I felt I had to. But I'm still worried. Mostly because, even though I expect it, I hate to lose my teachers' respect--mainly, however, I'm worried that my journalism club advisor will face retribution. I don't want to jeopardize his job at all.

So. I don't know if I'm writing about this to garner opinions from my flist or just to set my mind at peace, but here it is. My plan at present is to send off the article and talk to highest administrator, whom I respect as a very fair man and who actually helped me get the newspaper started three years ago. Here goes nothing, y'all.


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Feb. 9th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Good. Good for you, for them and for all of us. I can only wish you people that will try and understand where you are coming from.
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's entirely possible everything will be fine--people can surprise us that way. Thanks for the wishes! :)
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I teach U.S. history at a local public school and adjunct at night at the u of Memphis. I salute you in your desire to become a libertine. ( of sorts) I am am Obama democrat living in a Red Sea of ( believe it or not) Bush stickers, prowar sentiments and the wrongly named pro-life movement. I am 51 and have grown to proud of staying true to myself.

My advice, for what it's worth, begin the habit of staking out a position and hanging on to it with all your strength. it makes for an interesting life to be sure.

Good luck at Stanford
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I admire you greatly for being willing to publicly take an unpopular opinion. *crosses fingers*

I have always been confused by the Right's position on this; I would think that if one wanted to reduce/eliminate abortion, one would strongly support the social services necessary to address the social/fiscal/emotional difficulties that make abortion the better option for many women.

I'd love to read your article, if you felt like linking.
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm no firebrand, trust me. With any luck, I'll have blown this way out of proportion in my head and everything'll be okey-dokey. *crosses fingers also*

Yeah, you've pretty much hit the nail on the head there. For my friends, it's a problem of (white, generally middle-to-upper-class) privilege; they don't understand the difficulties, or even know they exist. It's a pretty sad disconnect.

*would be honored* I'll try to get ahold of a link--I'll post it here or see if we put it up on the site.
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