Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Abortion a "hot button" issue

As I said in the previous blog “Last night something surreal happened”, Declan now emails every single evening the manager of Tower Hamlets Council’s Idea Store Whitechapel and the head of Cultural Services in Tower Hamlets Council with our computer bookings for the next day because members of staff refuse to confirm the bookings with a signature, printed name, initials or mark of any description. Well, this afternoon, when I typed my details into PC 1.16 to access my first of three hours, I couldn’t log in because the computer was “offline” - a look at one of the booking computers indicated that other users had been using the computer. My first hour was completely wiped, and no apology! I couldn’t log in on my second hour either because this time there was another name on the monitor - I lost another ten minutes, and again no apology (not that I expected one). We frequently run into difficulties in this library: only two weeks ago I was bullied by two security guards into vacating the computer I had booked the previous day, which I refused to do (see blog of 13 May “Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council”).

Anyway, when I finally got to log in I found six emails confirming that a copy of Prof. James Fetzer’s RENDER UNTO DARWIN, for a review to be published on the NAC website, had never been received – yesterday we received three such confirmations. The publisher assured Prof. Fetzer yesterday that, if this is not straightened out by the end of the week (in two days), he will send them himself by hand. (After the new NAC website was removed from the internet last February, Prof. Fetzer, an Honorary Associate of NAC, stepped in and bought the domain name and web hosting for us.)

It so happens that now is a very good time to review RENDER UNTO DARWIN, insofar as President Obama’s recent appearance at the Catholic University of Notre Dame and his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court make abortion a “hot button” issue in current press coverage, suggesting debate on the question of choice is likely to benefit from these reviews because it presents a vigorous defense of every woman’s right to choose by a careful examination of whether or not abortion properly qualifies as “murder”.

Even before the deplorable assassination of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday in a Kansas church, voices on both sides of the abortion issue were growing louder.

There are thousands of articles on the murder of Dr. Tiller, but one I particularly like is by Salon.com, “O’Reilly’s campaign against murdered doctor”. According to the piece, Bill O’Reilly, who hosts The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, has been attacking Tiller since 2005. “Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year,” says Salon. “Almost invariably, Tiller is described as ‘Tiller the Baby Killer.’”