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Wright Words: From the tragedy of sexual assault to Auburn's Miss Homecoming (+video)

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    We all become who we become, be it homecoming queen or car thief. That fate plays out the way it does for any and everyone is not rationale for or against abortion. Besides, if we want to prevent abortions, let's have adult discussions about sex, starting with accepting that hoping you can prevent others from having sex doesn't work.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    I'm glad this person wasn't killed when she was in her mother's womb.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    This case may have ended happily. But in others it could become a nightmarish disaster for the mother AND a child who was conceived in rape.

    This is not something that should be legislated. As with the idea of abortion to save the mother's life, it is a deeply personal decision that should be made with only the most serious thought and prayer.

    Then, when the wrenching decision has been made BY THOSE WHO MUST LIVE WITH IT, the people involved deserve the support and love of all the rest of us.

    Abortion is a tragedy, no matter how it happens. But let's not compound the tragedy with laws.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    @Hutterite

    By adult conversations what do you mean exactly?

    I think we should have serious conversations with our children and explain the sacred nature of procreation powers. That they should be used when they are married. That is not an impossible task.

    If they choose not to follow that course. They have made their choice at that point. They no longer get to choose the consequence when a child is conceived. No problem in explaining to your pregnant child, that they have already made the choice when they had sex. Now they should be an adult and see their choice through. After birth they can raise the child or give the child up for adoption. If medically the child is harming the mother or if it was rape and other circumstances then you might consider an abortion (since you didn't get a choice for example in a rape situation) your choice is then to have an abortion or keep the child.

    It seems a segment of society that hates war and the killings there, have no problem with innocent children being slaughtered before birth for no good reason other than selfishness.

  • fixitmama West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    @Hutterite: "We all become who we become" is true, but you missed the point and your words after that are meaningless. Yes, she became a homecoming queen, BUT she wouldn't have EXISTED to become that homecoming queen had her birth mother not given her life. By carrying her to birth, her birth mother gave her the chance to become anything. I'm not suggesting that legistlation be changed for all rape victims, but this underscores the value of a life. Bless that birth mother for her sacrifice. I am so grateful for birth mothers (and in a lot of instances birth fathers) that choose to give life. -from one grateful adoptive mama!!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    I'm not naïve in expecting people will stop having sex.

    I just expect people to be accountable for their decisions. Don't kill babies.

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    Nov. 1, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Whether this girl became homecoming queen or not, the story before that is the inspirational one. Her birth mother did not feel it was right to terminate the pregnancy and she lived true to that even against high opposition. That is the inspirational story. Each human life is just as precious as another. Each deserves the opportunity to live and grow.

    There is a young child here whose conception was by rape. This child is a complete mother's joy. We can't judge what a person's decision in in such a situation. But if it was at all possible to have the baby and be OK, I hope it would be done.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    @Liberal Ted

    Amen to your comments. Well stated.

    Just a minor (ok, nit-picky) suggestion on terms - and this comes from being in the middle of an adoption situation: "birth mothers" do not "give up" but rather "place" their babies for adoption. When I was on the "outside" I would have used the same language.

  • ThereIsRoomForYou Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Why all the comments about owning up to the decision to have sex when the situation here clearly involved sexual assault? That is so insensitive.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 1, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    Regardless of where you stand on the subject of life, this is a very cool story! It was the birth mother's choice to save the innocent life in her womb rather than destroying it.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Less than 2% of abortion are for reasons of sexual assault or the woman's health. 98% are because of selfishness.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:14 a.m.

    I think she should thank her lucky stares her mom decided to have that baby. I thank my lucky stars we have free agency. I wouldn't want to make that choice for any one.

  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    Nov. 3, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    @Hutterite, the message of this woman's platform was not, "If you don't abort your baby, it will become a homecoming queen"
    Nor was her message, "Have hope!....hope that people don't have sex." Her message was that adoption offers hope to those who feel like there is no other way out of an unplanned pregnancy. Her message is that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, there is hope that ALL may be healed and blessed after the pain of their own sin or the sin of another. The child, the birth mother, the adoptive family, and many others are blessed through choosing adoption rather than death.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Having received the blessing of adoption with my first son, I can tell you that the idea that ending a life in the womb will help someone who has been raped is completely false. God chooses who gets pregnant and who doesn't. If you don't believe that, tell it to my wife who couldn't get pregnant for 11 years. Talk to other woman who could not get pregnant their entire lives. We are not in control of that miracle. So if God chooses, there must be a reason why a rape victim becomes pregnant. From what I have witnessed, it is a healing process to produce a life after such an unfair injustice as rape, and it is the ultimate gift to share that life with a family through the miracle of adoption. The only time an abortion ought to be considered is if a mother's life is in danger; and even then, the decision should be left solely to that mother and what she feels from God.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    @Mountanman
    And this one was one of the 2%, that's why it's relevant. Of course if you really cared about the 98% you'd support expanded contraceptive access.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    @The Solution
    " God chooses who gets pregnant and who doesn't. "

    So miscarriages are God's abortions?