Celebrate alternate ways to be pro-life
| Monday, February 21, 2005
While reading Courtney Tawresey’s Feb. 16 derisive consideration of the Vagina Monologues, I wondered if she had seen the performance. I wondered if, as a woman, she had ever been objectified, ever been abused, ever been belittled or disregarded. I respect her clear anti-abortion stance, but I question whether she is truly pro-life. She states if Notre Dame continues to permit the annual performance of the Vagina Monologues, it will lose its Catholic identity – the very thing that makes it special and unique in this world. She believes this would be a great loss. I disagree with her fear that this University will suffer. Those who suffer are the countless women who have been victimized by society – the literally faceless women, the women (and children and men) trampled by wars and unrest and virtually ignored by those with the power to help. They are the victims of a “great loss.” They have each lost life due to the systematic discard of their human dignity. It is so much easier to focus on abortion as the only, or at least most important, pro-life issue. It is much harder to accept the harsh reality that there are millions of lives in this world which a poster of a bible verse in front of a dining hall cannot save. I wholeheartedly believe Notre Dame needs the Vagina Monologues and needs Eve Ensler to speak. If I have ever seen a pro-life demonstration, it is the Vagina Monologues – a celebration of life and a call to respect it.