Harold Anderson: A question of support

Published: 10/14/2021 1:54:03 PM

Regarding the column, “A shouted lie is still a lie” by John Sheirer (Oct. 11), I would ask him one simple question: What does it really mean when we say that we or someone “supports” something?

Democrats say that they don’t support late term abortions, yet their legislators actively support legislation that remove all restrictions on abortion including late term abortions and babies born alive.

Republicans say that they support voting rights and safe and fair elections, yet their legislators actively support legislation that effectively makes it more difficult to do so.

If someone drives a woman to an abortion clinic, but say that they do so to support the person and don’t actually support her choice, what does that really mean? If someone drove someone to the Jan. 6 march on the Capitol, but said that they were just supporting their friend and didn’t support why they were there, what does that mean?

What does it mean when someone says that someone doesn’t “support” something? Does that mean they oppose it? Does it mean that it doesn’t matter? When someone says that they support a woman’s right to choose regarding her own body, does that mean that what she chooses, or is coerced to choose, is of no concern to us?

Politicians appear to ignore the fact that genetics confirms that the fetus is not part of the woman’s body, but its own body with its own genetic makeup. If they truly asked their constituents, they would also discover that the choice is often not the woman’s but rather the choice of the man in her life that doesn’t want the child and imposes this choice on her.

Although everything I said may make it appear that I am critical of the use by the writer of the word “support,” I do not support that conclusion. How do you know? Well, I said I didn’t. That should be enough, isn’t it?

Harold Anderson


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