Monthly Archives: June 2007

What Happened to Civility?

This week, I’m turning over my blog to a guest.  A few weeks ago, after a comment I made on-the-air regarding civility, I got an e-mail from Joe Hanlon, whose message I could not improve upon.  So, with his permission, I’ve decided to share his words with you.  Welcome, Joe, our first guest blogger:

Hi, Dr. Laura!

Long-time listener, first time emailer.  Well, I try to listen as much as I can, but as a math teacher, I’m usually a tad busy when you are on the air.  I catch the last ten minutes of your show on XM a lot.

I caught those last ten minutes today, and heard your comments on civility.  As usual, my reaction to your commentary was “Right on!”  The Internet IS ruining civility by allowing people to say the rudest things under the cover of anonymity and just because they can.  Programs like “The View” foster incivility because rudeness garners ratings and makes money.  The problem is that incivility is oozing out from television and the Internet into everyday discourse, often resulting in harsher, and sometimes physical, incivility. Continue reading

A Moral And Ethical Dilemma For Abortion Rights Supporters?

What a conundrum for liberals who support any and all abortions at any time for any reason under the rubric of “pro-choice” freedoms.  Liberals are also supposedly for diversity.  Well, here’s the problem:  If a woman is free to abort the human being developing in her body for any whim, shouldn’t she be able to abort the baby if it has been genetically tested and the results are not “pleasing?”

The New York Times  “Week in Review” “Prenatal Tests + Abortion = ???” (May 13, 2007) dealt with this growing concern about pro-choice abortion morality and ethics:

      “Abortion rights supporters – who believe that a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body-have had to grapple with the reality that the right to choose may well be used selectively to abort fetuses deemed genetically undesirable.  And many are finding that, while they support a woman’s right to have an abortion if she does not want to have a baby, they are less comfortable when abortion is used by women who don’t want to have a particular baby.” Continue reading