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This work provides excellent points to ponder and examples from modern-day living for those still struggling over the many issues around abortion in our society today.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Liguori Publications
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8 1/4 X 5 1/2 (inches)|
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 01/15/15.
Located in: Havertown, PA
Submitted: July 16, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. The gift of writing came later in life to this married mother of three. The baby boomer in me returned to Philadelphia's Temple University to complete a bachelor's degree -- one I abandoned circa 1970s -- in journalism in 2002. That's when my published commentaries and opinion pieces began to appear in newspapers like: The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Catholic Standard & Times, The National Catholic Register and something old, something new in Philadelphia, The Evening Bulletin.
What was your motivation behind this project? My many newspaper commentaries covered a wide range of topics, some serious and some not. Yet, the one subject I repeadedly wrote about was abortion, even though I had been ambivalent about it for decades. Every so often, the issue of abortion grabbed me and would not let go until I wrote about it. This issue's grip on my soul led to the writing of "Abortion: A Mother's Plea for Maternity and the Unborn."
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I wish I may, I wish I might: give folks a deeper understanding of how we came to believe that abortion is a fundamental right; how it hurts too many women who choose it then walk among us wounded; how the media inadvertently created a violent pro-life stereotype; the who, what, when, where and why people are pro- life; how America's past sins of social injustice campare to abortion; how the younger generation (Survivors of Roe) is becoming the conscience of our nation; how abortion is too wrong to be a right.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The ultimate source of my inspiration comes from above. Two authors who profoundly influenced my thinking -- thus my writing -- with their books are: Stephen L. Carter who wrote "The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion" and Bernard Goldberg, author of "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News." Carter's books "Integrity" and "Civility," and Goldberg's "Arrogance" were also influential.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The issue of abortion affects us all, even if we have not had one or been involved in another's. The mindset that devalues motherhood and rationalizes abortion has insidiously filtered into our national consciousness. Just keeping up with the pace of day to day living in our caffeinated culture allows little time for contemplation. Still, I urge you to take the time to think about the ramifications of denying our offspring the fundamental right to be born.
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