posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 05:19 AM
Originally posted by kukla
There is a serious case of tunnel vision running through this thread. Morality is relative. Let's put things in perspective here..
Where was the religious right and pro-life movement when the U.S was forcing sterilization on Puerto Rican women and testing the first
This is a pretty unfair twist on a couple of levels:
1. The group HERE discussing Partial Birth Abortion, wasn't even born...almost to a person. I was one year old and I assure you...I didn't know.
This generation of people (and polticians) that are now the large portion of the power (either by vote or by office) apparently are a little more
informed than those of 1965. We are talking about these issues NOW, not in the issues of 1965.
2. This is the first I have ever heard of the story concerning Puerto Rico. I will go off and study this on my own to see if there is substance to
this. I'm not doubting you, I just like to make an informed decision. My point is, in 39 years...this is the first I have heard of it. I will be
glad to go and ask my 80 year old father, and my 76 year old mother if they know anything about it - because they are EXTREMELY staunch anti-abortion
- and see if they were just complacently accepting of their government performing autrocities on Puerto Rican women. OR, you can take my word for me
that when I ask them about this my mother will get this horrified look and say something to the effect of..."You've got to be kidding me." And my
dad will say nothing and walk out of the room so I don't see him tear up, because he has a really big case of "old man emotions" these days and
hearing these types things quickly upset him.
Yeah, I rambled, but the point is, in 1965 the "religious" people of the American populace were working and going to church and raising their
kids...activism in religious circles was almost non-existent, and I ASSURE you, the average church-going American in 1965 did not have a clue this was
happening. So lack of protests and movements against the government, if the Puerto Rican story is true, does NOT imply acceptance or complacency, but
ignorance of the whole affair.
3. Lastly, this sums up points 1 and 2. We don't have to be like our parents, or my parents. Anc I am glad that we are not being.
Please don't try to minimize what people are vocal and active on THESE days, because our ancestors were NOT.