turning tragedy into politics
The head of the National Organization for Women's Morris County chapter is opposing a double-murder charge in the Laci Peterson case, saying it could provide ammunition to the pro-life lobby.
"If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder," Morris County NOW President Mavra Stark said on Saturday.
It was not Laci Peterson's choice to die. It was not her choice to have her baby die. There's a big difference between laying on operating table willingly and having your late-term baby taken from you - something I cannot comprehend anyhow1> - and having that child's life forcefully snuffed out.
Whether the killing of Connor Peterson is or is not murder is not the real issue here.
As far as I'm concerned, Mavra Stark and all of her NOW compatriots should learn how to keep their mouths shut once in a while. It was not necessary for them to weigh in on this story at all. Why take someone's tragedy and turn it into a political debate, if not for the publicity?
And that's really all it comes down to. Mavra Stark saw an opening and ran with it. She has taken a terrible murder and made it an abortion issue.
Not everything that happens in this world has a for and against. Not every story can be sorted out and divided up into good and bad, right and wrong, left and right.
Some things are better left unsaid. I think the people who are reacting to this story with a willingness to let Scott Peterson be tried for double homicide are reacting out of anger, sadness and repulsion for the crimes committed, not out of anti-abortion righteousness.
After watching news reports of Peterson's arrest, Stark expressed concern with the tone of the coverage.
"There's something about this that bothers me a little bit," Stark said. "Was it born, or was it unborn? If it was unborn, then I can't see charging (Peterson) with a double-murder."
The tone of the coverage? Shock? Outrage? Grief? What did she expect? The woman was seven months pregnant. The baby was found separate from the mother, his umbilical cord still attached. What tone did Stark expect the news coverage to have?
What should bother her is nothing more and nothing less than is bothering most of us following the story. A man (allegedly) killed his very pregnant wife. He tied her down with weights. He (allegedly) left her and thier son to wither away underneath the water, expecting that no one would ever find their bodies, that they would just drift off into that place where memories go.
Instead, she is going to co-opt this story and make it the NOW crusade of the moment.
1 I will get this out of the way right now to avoid having to answer in the comments: I am pro-choice, to an extent. It would not be the choice for me, I may not agree with your choice to have an abortion, but I wouldn't take that right away from you. However, I think I should mention that I think late-term abortions are abhorent. To purposefully kill a baby that would have been able to sustain itself outside of the womb is beyond reasoning to me.