Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Surprise Assault

Below is a letter to the editor I wrote to the Chicago Tribune earlier this week. It was posted in their "Online Exclusives" where other people can input thoughts and comments.


I was assaulted on my way to the train Monday evening.

It happened as I turned from Wacker to Madison, heading toward Union Station. I missed the first attack - I was too busy talking - but the second one hit me squarely in the gut.

It took me a minute to figure out what it was - and suddenly, with horror, I realized I was looking at a poster-sized photo of a baby that had been dismembered - I'm assuming this was the aftermath of a partial birth abortion, as the image I saw was of an infant's head missing its jaw and its body, tissue hanging from the base of its head.The people committing this assault on me where holding these posters followed by a religious message which I hardly noticed since by the third poster I was sick to my stomach and on the verge of tears.

This is not the first time I have been subjected to this on my way to the train after work. Why is this okay? What if my child had been walking with me? It's summertime, after all, and some people bring their kids to their office as a treat. How are these horrifying, graphic images any different than someone standing there with poster-sized pornographic photos? Why are these people allowed to forcibly subject the unsuspecting public to this? I had a lump in my throat the rest of the evening. This assault and the group of people that inflicted it upon me is not something I will soon forget nor forgive.


Michelle said...

I read the comments...good grief. I'm with you. I don't want to see those pictures and I especially don't my children to see them. They were here in Richmond, VA one day on the way to work. Some women was giving them grief. I'm not for abortions, but there are exceptions (rape, health, etc.). If you don't want to pay the price, don't play!

Fiber Jewels said...

So sorry to read about your assault.

I am not "for" nor "against" abortion. It is something I feel is an individual choice. I work with abused and neglected children. Children that didn't have a say in who they were born to. Some of them suffered abuse prenatal via drugs and alcohol abuse, leave scars that will never go away.

If you're pregnant and don't care about your baby enough to take care of yourself, then maybe...

not saying the kids I work with don't deserve to live, I'm saying they just deserve far more then the were given. No amount of education, love, or therapy can erase the brain damage done by prenatal alcohol exposure...

okay, I'll climb down off my soap box!