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Jewish World Review Dec. 28, 1999 /19 Teves, 5760

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What does 'pro-choice'
mean to you? -- I WANT TO ADDRESS this column to all people who consider themselves to be pro-choice --- that is, in support of a woman's right to make her own decision about an unwanted pregnancy. I believe that, at heart, 90 percent of you pro-choice people are decent, reasonable people who simply believe that abortion should be ONE of the choices available to a woman in that situation.

Well, if I'm right, I need you to speak up for genuine choice and let the pro-abortionist activists in your midst know how you feel. Here's the situation:

I have been talking recently on my radio show about an initiative of Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida to support facilities that provide assistance to pregnant women who wish to carry their children to term and put them up for adoption. His plan was to have an optional Florida license plate made that simply said "Choose Life," for which buyers would be charged extra, and that money would go directly to those facilities.

Predictably, the National Organization for Women issued a legal challenge to the governor and got the production of the license plates temporarily halted. What does this say about the so-called "pro-choice" movement? It says to me that there's really only one choice that NOW supports, and choosing to give a child life is not it.

But as I said, I don't believe NOW represents the majority of supporters of pro-choice. So here's what I would like you to do. Write, e-mail or telephone NOW and let them know that you are not pro-abortion and that you don't support the organization's interference with the governor of Florida's plan to provide an opportunity for people to support the adoption choice. Then, write, e-mail and telephone Gov. Bush with your support. This will help him to get his program back on track for people who support this program, make the choice to buy the special plates for $22, and make it possible for some women to choose life for their unborn babies.

In the meantime, because the courts have temporarily halted the production of the license plates, you can actively support choice and provide tangible benefits for adoption centers in Florida and elsewhere by logging onto my Web site ( The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Foundation, which actively supports children and families, has produced license plate holders that bear the legend "Choose Life." All proceeds from the sale of these holders go to the Florida adoption centers designated by Gov. Bush through the end of this calendar year.

Now, of course, I believe that choice starts way before pregnancy. Women should definitely choose not to sleep around, not to shack up with men who have no intention of making a commitment, not to engage in mindless sex with anyone -- even their husbands! If militant feminists really cared about the high cost of unwanted pregnancy for women, they would be joining me in fighting the active promotion of sexuality ("early and often!") to young women, instead of packaging sexual license as the exercise of individual rights.

But of course, not only does NOW not give a hoot about the emotional turmoil of abortion, they don't care much for women. Period. They debunk the very notion of femininity, disparage motherhood and see marriage as servitude.

However, I don't believe that most women agree with them, even those women who think of themselves as feminists. I believe that most women who believe in equal rights for women also honor their femininity, revere their relationships with their husbands and embrace motherhood -- just as I believe that most of you who are pro-choice really mean you support a woman's right to CHOOSE.

If so, make your voices heard and let me know about it. Fax me at 818-461-5440. And log onto my Web site and order a Choose Life license plate holder. Put your money where your mouth is -- or don't complain when people say that the pro-choice movement is a misnomer for people who are really pro-abortion.

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