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Glasgow, Scotland. It's cold outside. I'm thinking about a problem. One group of people
trying to force their beliefs on others, based on religion. And it seems as though we're

Above, a helicopter flies by. If it continues on its course, it will shortly be over
Ireland, where as of this writing, the powers that be are deciding if a 14-year-old girl
who was raped by the father of one of her friends should be allowed to leave for Britain
to obtain an abortion. She's been ordered not to leave the country for nine months.
Fourteen years old. Raped. The issue of an unborn fetus takes on more importance than the
fact that the rapist walks free.

Extreme, but this is a place where the church influences the government. And when I think
of the movements concerning abortion in the United States, it definitely seems as though
we're regressing.

"My body's nobody's body but mine...
You run your own body, let me run mine."

At the University of San Diego a few years ago, pro-lifers gathered, while pro-choicers
chanted the above. Sides clashed and tension ran high. A banner equating pro-choice
ideology with Nazism and Hitler was displayed. "Baby Killers," a little red stop sign said
-- a sign held by a well-dressed 3-year-old who sat atop the shoulders of his upper-middle
class father. The kid looked confused and frightened. The ominous presence of armed police
on horseback would be enough to upset anyone.

And I wondered how this child got pulled into this? I wondered how any of us got pulled
into this. The fact is that those people handing down decisions on the abortion issue are
not the ones who will have to live or die by it.

Ten years old. That's the age my child would have been. And I would not be here in
Glasgow. I wouldn't be in this band or traveling. And I wouldn't have seen the liberal
ways in which other countries we have visited deal with this issue. I wouldn't have been
asked to write this piece. The fact that I've been through it on all levels is the only
reason I accepted.

Perhaps I'll have a child in the future, when I can provide properly. Who knows. But as
individuals in this "free" country, we must have the right to choose when that time is
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