Kelli Scott editorial

Agreement by all sides that anti-abortion posters disturbing

Given the huge chasm between the Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion cadres and the wide variety of opinions that exist within these camps, it’s not surprising that Kelli Scott’s recent editorial sparked a heated online discussion.

Interestingly, amidst all the disagreement, there was at least one significant point of agreement between most of the contributors: The anti-abortion posters displayed at the Apple Blossom Festival last weekend were visually disturbing and not suitable viewing for young children.

But, in order for the posters to have been this unsettling, they must have portrayed something that is both violent and personal. Mere violence alone is not disturbing. Few would have objected to graphic portrayals of rocks being smashed into gravel, or large trees sawn and split into firewood. Even pictures of ticks or leeches being removed would not have elicited the heated responses expressed online.

For violent action to be disturbing and unsettling it must be personal; it must be directed at persons, not inanimate objects. When we see pictures of human bodies piled up like cord wood in the concentration camps of WWII or the scarred back of a 19th century slave, we rightfully recoil in horror at these depictions of personal violence.

Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion advocates work hard to convince themselves and others that the life growing in a mother’s womb is nothing but “pregnancy tissue,” “a fetal blob,” or “a parasite.”

But deep down they know what God says about pre-born life; they’ve seen the images of pre-born babies sucking their thumbs and physically responding to the voice of their mothers. And they know that the small being maturing in its mother’s womb is a person. And that is why they, together with Pro-Lifers, rightfully recoil at reminders of the violence being done to little people.

So, I am very glad for this point of agreement. And, I pray that everyone who found those posters in the park disturbing and unsettling will have the courage to pray, act, speak and vote in ways that are consistent with their revulsion.

Gene Helsel, pastor

King’s Cross Church


Celebrate older Americans: Connect, create, contribute

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

For over 50 years, the Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives.

Older Americans Month 2019 will include suggestions, resources, and material to celebrate Older Americans and the communities of which they are a vital part. Visit the ACL Older Americans Month website at ACL — Older Americans Month for more information and ways to get started and promote the observation on social media using #OAM19 and #ConnectCreateContribute

Peggi Moxley

Washington State Council on Aging