Where are we going and how are we going to get there? A Survey

by Leon Jones
Blacks for Life

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Ever left a meeting, asking yourself, "Now, what is it we agreed to do?" This survey is for you.

In the movie, Paint your wagon, there's a song that starts off, "Where am I going, I don't know / When will I get there, I ain't certain / All I know is that I'm on my way."

After listening to many a charismatic speaker, I sometimes, come away feeling pumped up and ready to go but wondering, "Where are we going and how are we going to get there?" Questions like that led me to put together this little survey. I would strongly encourage people to respond. I would like to take some of those responses and place them in the next newsletter. Perhaps, it will begin to open up dialog between "the enemy within."

  1. Should we work with other organizations who are pro-life but differ on other points? For example. Should we work with an organization which might be pro-life but also pro-homosexual to help save the preborn babies or is it better to take our chances rather than let the child grow up in "that kind of world?"

  2. Should we use graphic pictures? Some people believe that we should show the horror of abortion. "This what Dr. M.L. King did when he used the news to show how violent some people could be." Meanwhile, other people think that such abrasiveness works only on the converted and actually works to the benefit of the pro-abortion movement as we push away those in the middle when we use such "extreme means."

  3. Some people believe that welfare only encourages women to "go out and have babies". Meanwhile, others believe that it is hypocritical of us to say, "love them both", but then cut off assistance. What do you think?

  4. Are we winning or losing the battle to save the babies?

  5. Is there any common ground on which pro-lifers and pro-choicers can stand? Or is it simply a case of black & white, life and death, we are the good guys and they are the bad guys?

  6. Many times, pro-lifers have used the slogan, "love them both." We say that we must show compassion for both mother and child. At the same time, we push for laws to stop abortion. Do we continue to show love and compassion and hope that they "see the light" and don't go through with the abortion, or do we continue to continue to press for harsher laws and treat abortion as murder with the same consequences for the mother and abortionist as it would carry for anyone else charged with committing premeditated murder?

  7. There are some people who are in favor of "cash in exchange for consent to sterilization" for women who are on crack. Those who are pro-sterilization argue that this "isn't abortion. It merely prevents society from having to support a child (welfare) and at the same time protect its members from some one who may be prone to criminal acts." Others see it as playing God at best and genocide at worse.

What do you think? We want to hear what you have to say. Please feel free to E-mail us at charle12@uno.com. Thank you.

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Posted 8 Oct 2000.

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