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Letter: Laws to control a woman’s choice an example of absolute power

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

That quote is usually attributed to John Dalberg-Action, an English Barron in the 17th century, but it is as old as the “Tao Te Ching,” a Chinese classic that dates back to the time of Confucius.

I’d like to add some wisdom of my own. Beware those who seek power — of any kind.

If you examine the current allegations of sexual harassment, you will find that they are more about power than sex. Men have always sought power over women. (I suppose women have sought power over men, but it’s never been an even playing field.)

The people we send to Washington have a great deal of power over each and every one of us. The power to tax is only part it.

I am not a libertarian. I do not believe an individual has the right to do whatever he or she pleases. I believe in government. I believe that we all owe a debt to society, but we are not a free nation when the government or anybody else can tell us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.

I’m sure you can see where this is going. Of all the divisions in our country today, abortion seems to be the most intractable. But like sexual harassment, to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term when, for whatever reason, that woman  wants the pregnancy terminated, is basically a display of power.

If you believe abortion is immoral, don’t do it. But any law that forces a woman to bare a child against her will is also immoral because it violates the sanctity of the individual.

The abortion issue is a no-win situation. When it is used in political debate, it is toxic.  Beware those who seek power.

Joan King


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