Two women make different choices . . .

01 Feb

This posting is a letter that I submitted to the editors of the San Antonio Light way back in 1992, and in the interest of full disclosure I must admit that it was never published. Apparently my letter touched a nerve, or perhaps several nerves, because it was neither printed nor acknowledged.

First, a brief history of the SAN ANTONIO LIGHT, a daily newspaper that flourished for more than 100 years in San Antonio, Texas, but is now defunct:

The San Antonio Light, a daily afternoon and Sunday morning newspaper in San Antonio, Texas began as the San Antonio Surprise in 1881. The paper subsequently morphed through a series of titles including the Evening Light, the Daily Light, the Light and Gazette, and finally settled on the San Antonio Light title in 1911. The Light was published continuously until late 1992 and was then closed, shortly after its purchase by the Hearst Corporation.

This is the letter I submitted:

Letters to the Editor, San Antonio Light

PO Box 161

San Antonio, TX 78291

“One Woman’s Choice,” the article that appeared in FOCUS on July 5, was an eloquent and compelling plea for legal abortion. Subtitled “Best decision made among grim options,” its objective was to convince the reader of the rightness of pro-choice.” The article practically guaranteed equal space in FOCUS for a pro-life rebuttal, providing that such a rebuttal would be submitted. The Light’s editors must have prayed for a rebuttal and had their prayers answered, because in the space of one week a rebuttal was submitted, verified, edited and printed in the FOCUS section of the paper.


The pro-life article appeared in FOCUS just one week later, titled “Another Woman’s Choice.” Subtitled “Giving birth took love, hard work,” the article is just as eloquent and compelling in its plea for pro-life as the first was for pro-choice. The Light did not publish either writer’s name because of the “personal and sensitive nature” of their stories. I can understand the woman that aborted her pregnancy being reluctant to see her name in print, but not the woman that gave birth and life to her child and then achieved success in her quest for an education—summa cum laude, no less!. That mother (so to speak) should be shouting her name from the highest rooftops, perhaps even having it written in the sky high above the city of San Antonio.

Ostensibly the letters reflect widely disparate personal experiences of two young women in San Antonio, events which profoundly affected their lives. Rather than the work of individuals, the letters appear to be composites of the abortion issue. I suspect that they are ghost-written, perhaps by a professional writer or writers or groups of writers, all well-versed in the pros and cons of the abortion issue.

While both articles are excellent journalism, an error or two in sentence construction, grammar, punctuation or spelling might have made them more believable. Of course, one of the authors is careful to tell us that because of her abortion she was free to pursue her education, and ultimately graduated from college and traveled extensively.

The other author stresses the fact that she was able to pursue her education without aborting her pregnancy, and was graduated magna cum laude by a prestigious university. The stated accomplishments of the two women effectively explain their articulateness and the excellence of their literary arguments.

If the letters are genuine, I apologize for allowing my skepticism and cynicism to show (Ann Landers would probably sign me, “Cynic in San Antonio”).

Whether the letters are genuine or bogus, I extend my congratulations to their authors and to the Light for publishing them. The abortion question is probably the most divisive issue this country has ever faced, and I applaud any efforts to resolve it, even those efforts that appeal to emotions rather than reason.


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4 responses to “Two women make different choices . . .

  1. teri

    February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    so, what is your point? I can see why it would not be printed.

    You seem to have a problem with the woman who chose birth. Why?

    I know both of these women. No , not the ones who actually wrote the articles, but other ones who did exactly the same thing.

    One has to wonder why it was an issue with you at all…

    • thekingoftexas

      February 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the comment. I welcome and will answer all comments, whether complimentary or derogatory and regardless of their source and their contents (unless the contents are outside the bounds of decency).

      I consider your questions rhetorical in nature and not posed in order to elicit information—these are questions to which you feel that you already know the answers. In addition to the fact that as rhetorical questions they do not require answers, neither of the questions merits an answer.

      You did not ask “why it was an issue” with me—you simply expressed wonder that it was an issue with me “at all.” That was a non-question, a simple statement—extremely simple. That “non-question” question is similar to your rhetorical questions—it neither requires nor merits an answer.

  2. burstmode

    February 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Touchy subject…I feel very strongly on the issue.

  3. thekingoftexas

    February 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the comment.

    That you have strong feelings on the issue is not surprising. From viewing your postings, both your narratives and your images, the products that stem from your expertise in (and love for) photography, one may rationally surmise that you would not remain neutral, that you would take a stance in one way or another and not “straddle the fence.”

    Regardless of the side of the fence on which you stand, that stance is laudable, undoubtedly based firmly on life’s experiences, education (whether formal or otherwise) and intelligent reasoning.


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