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Tim Stanley: The Last Celebration of Roe v. Wade
As a part of Minnesota's National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) Tim Stanley came to inform us and promote involvement in pro-choice activism. He discussed his concern about the future of women's rights and present legislation and politics that can affect this issue. Such subjects discussed were the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and how this decision may be affected by the 2000 presidential election, the Supreme Court case to ban the right of partial-birth abortions, teaching abstinence versus sex education, the 48-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed, lack of insurance coverage for abortions, the dominant pro-life representation in the House, and several others. This session was very informative, interesting, and interactive. I definitely left with things to think about.
I think that it is very important to hear both sides of stories despite what you believe. And that is just what I did. I grew up with 12 years of parochial schooling, my father is a deacon in the Catholic Church, my mother was employed by Natural Family Planning (NFP), and I've attended Pro-life rallies on past Roe v. Wade anniversaries so I my education on one side of the subject is quite extensive. I've been struggling between my religious beliefs and being a strong inter-dependent woman who wants to make a difference in the world and how I can correlate them into my own definition of feminism. Can I be a feminist and also have conflicting opinions to that of the movement as a whole such as being against abortion? I hope so.
It seems like there are some very important political matters in debate right now surrounding the issue of abortion, reproductive rights, and sex-education. I think that it is good that the Supreme Court is taking the case concerning partial-birth abortion. I think that this is particularly cruel and inhumane. I realized that I w…

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