Upsetting
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
 
I was working at my desk when I got a tap on my door. Before I opened it, a coworker named Jenny came in and pointed at my computer.

“What the fuck is a National Sanctity of Human Life Day?” she demanded. “Shit like this makes me wanna murder someone.”

I thought about that word murder, how it’s really a legal term, something that is proven in a court of law. You don’t really murder a person; you kill them. If several factors are borne true, then you murdered them.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said.

She was truly – and almost literally – fuming.

“The fucking president, calling for some such pro-life holiday,” she said. “Do a news search for it.”

I did, and with Jenny angrily perched behind me, I read the story.

… Bush also underscored his administration's efforts to champion "compassionate alternatives" to abortion, such as promoting maternity group homes, encouraging abstinence and adoption and passing parental-notification and waiting-period laws …

The story said the remarks were in a “document that enacts no change in policy or program.”

A press release.

“Well, what do you expect?” I asked her. “He’s conservative. Look the word up in the dictionary.”

“It makes me wanna have an abortion,” Jenny said, turning to go, apparently satisfied that I was aware of the root of her discontent. “No, I wanna get raped by a prison full of men, and then leave all the kids on the front door of his ranch. And that fucking black Rice lady, of all the sell-outs …”
 
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