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Personhood

Why does a personhood amendment scare me so much? I’ve written occasionally on a different forum about my firm believe that God allows us to make our own choices, whether or not those choices fit His plan for us. If God doesn’t limit our choices, why should government. This holds for birth control, abortions, any aspect of family planning that a woman chooses. If she wants to have 10 children, or none. I will argue I believe that you do need to be able to support them financially without government assistance (unless brief support comes after unforeseen events).

As this year’s election is starting to gear up, I’m pregnant and this has changed my perspective to a small extent. Stay with me here. Now I am even more adamantly against a so-called personhood amendment. Sure, politicians may mean well, but depending on the wording of any legislation, I believe it could be even more dangerous for women than we realize. A dear friend has been on my mind lately. Her healthy baby recently arrived, but a while ago, she miscarried her first child. Every time I hear a mention of anything to do with personhood, she pops into mind. Imagine a day when a woman who loses a child has to prove that her miscarriage was natural. Think about that. If our definition of life begins at conception, will burden of proof suddenly be on a grieving mother to show that her baby’s loss wasn’t her fault? It can happen to anyone. Will a grieving father be able to take his partner to court and accuse her of killing their child? Will a comment that would have seemed innocent enough suddenly be cause for any woman to wind up in jail for murder? What would a trial to an already fragile psyche? Will women put off doctors’ appointments until later and miss out on early prenatal care to avoid the possibility of what might be? (This is particularly concerning when it comes to lower income families.) Can voters, or even the politicians foresee how far rules are going to be taken? I don’t know that medicine can precisely determine how many embryos are lost early on. ¬†Just a few words, however carefully written may be taken a completely different way in the future.

I pray I’m wrong. First, such an amendment has failed several times already in my state. Perhaps if such a law existed, it would never be taken the way my mind is going. Why take that chance? I don’t even know if something ¬†like this is even on the ballot this year. However, I will always hold my belief that God wants us to have free choice. Yes, we have to deal with the consequences, but I can’t, and won’t, make your decisions for you. And government shouldn’t try either.

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The March of Nations

My favorite part of the Olympics is the part in the opening ceremony where all the countries march in one by one. Yes, I know it sometimes feels like it’s taking forever, but there’s something about it that always makes me cry. Maybe it’s everyone all together. But more likely, if I’m not crying already, the tears start when someone like Matt Lauer makes the usual comment about how a lot of these athletes know they have no chance of a metal. That this is their big moment of the Olympics – walking out, waving their flag. Here, they have put so much time and money into training and traveling to the country of the year. Some of them have already been cut from competitions due to their results in qualifying rounds. Yet still, they parade with great pride! And then it makes me so frustrated when the station cuts off the small countries. Are some of these places relying on us for their coverage of their champions? How does it feel to know that all of your hard work is in vain, as far as the world is concerned? (It appears like no countries are being skipped tonight in Russia. Is it because of the time the ceremony took place compared to here?) Why can’t the commercials be put on hold so everyone can get their brief 15 seconds of glory? Part of me feels a joy and obligation to witness these unknowns in their big moment. And if the tears weren’t already bad enough, Pumpkin’s presence is certainly making them more present. I do love the face that people who live and train in America go back and compete for their home/adopted countries. The lone athlete from one country in Africa is currently studying here in Colorado. And back to the togetherness. It gives my heart so much hope that countries at such great odds can stand together in the middle of a stadium and just let things go for a brief period. Communication and knowledge. Willingness to be present together. Potential hope for Mankind.

Baby Cambridge

I believe that I come by my obsession with the royal family naturally. My mother was obsessed. And I happen to be almost exactly two months younger than Prince William. Therefore, she spent most of her pregnancy following Diana’s.

I still remember the night Diana died. Mother woke me up very early to tell me she was gone. Having fallen back to sleep, I thought I had dreamed it all. What an odd thing to dream about! But it was true.

Back to the present (ish). I woke up early in order to watch Will and Kate’s wedding, taking the day after off so I could sleep. And now I’ve developed a twitchy habit of checking the news every five minutes to see if Kate’s arrived at the hospital yet, or, if I’ve waited longer, if she’s actually had her baby. Thanks Mom. And Baby Cambridge, hurry up!