Letter: Equal rights applies to both sexes

I find I must respond to a Dan Mancuso’s letter of Oct. 15, 2014, titled Celebrate Life Week speaks to value of human life.

Editor:

I find I must respond to a Dan Mancuso’s letter of Oct. 15, 2014, titled Celebrate Life Week speaks to value of human life.

I thought perhaps men had become more enlightened through education, etc.

I guess I was wrong.  When a man writes things like “Women’s Rights Blah, Blah, Blah,” I know we are in trouble.  I thought in this country there was such a thing as equal rights, I assumed that applied to both sexes.

The right of choice on such an important, life-changing event that occurs when a woman must make that decision is not something entered into willy nilly. Somehow many of the other factors that may have gone into that decision are completely obliterated.

This was not an act entered upon alone, perhaps due to abuse, rape, incest, ostracism from family and peers.

To speak so glibly that every woman is a radical feminist, a narcissist, nihilist, and in general a moral degenerate is vilifying to women as a whole. You scare me, mister. I see no young woman turning to you for help or advice. In you I see the raised hand, the hard look, the denial of responsibility, the casting out.  Who set you up to be judge, jury and God.

The women who makes these life altering decisions have to answer to their own moral code and a God of their own understanding.  You have no business in this circle.

The city in its “wisdom” deemed to proclaim a Celebrate Life Week. My, my. Whatever happened to the other 51 weeks? Every day should be just that, a reason to be grateful to be alive.

For some this comes naturally. For some it is too heavy a load to bear and a life is taken. Suicides in such an enlightened society that we live in today should be unheard of but, it’s not, and the underlying reasons these and other choices are made, Mr. Mancuso, is not for you to sit in your ivory tower and judge.

I see it is still a dark and lonely road women must walk alone until equality is rightfully shared by all.  You stated society (that includes you) should be concerned about every human life, not just the ones you want to pick and choose.  Walk a mile in a woman’s shoes then let me hear you comment.

Diane Walters

Williams Lake

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