Tag: abortion

  • The Ordinary Instant

    The Ordinary Instant

    To tell this story I have to take you back first to the summer of 1974. I was preparing to head to college in the North Georgia mountains. My family had already moved to the Pacific Northwest. I was living with Judge Rufe McCombs and[..]
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  • Don’t Get Your Panties in a Wad Over Barrett

    Don’t Get Your Panties in a Wad Over Barrett

      Editor's Note: My husband Tim has long been a student of Constitutional Law and History. He earned his Masters in History from Washington State University and wrote his thesis on American Constitutional Development and the Oregon Constitution of 1857. `1When Amy Coney Barrett's name[..]
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  • Giving Rapists Permission

    Giving Rapists Permission

    I have kin who were raped. Each of them only spoke to me about it once. When they told their stories, they lowered their voices and spoke as if they were afraid to wake the dead, although the man who reportedly raped them was very[..]
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  • Embrace One Another

    Embrace One Another

    Her back was turned to me. I couldn't see her face, didn't recognize her voice. She spoke haltingly, in a library voice, next to a sign warning that conversations at the window could not be guaranteed to be private. I could hear only enough to[..]
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  • Dispatch #4: Submit Your Uterus

    Dispatch #4: Submit Your Uterus

    I have a friend who grew up in a Muslim country. He is Christian married to a Mormon. We have had long discussions over the years about how he is able to move without conflict between so many different faith traditions. Queen Isabella, like the[..]
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  • The Abortion I Don’t Regret

    The Abortion I Don’t Regret

    There are things I regret as I look back over my life, having an abortion is no longer one of them. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the day I checked into the Medical Center in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia, for a three[..]
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  • A Case for Meghan McCain

    A Case for Meghan McCain

    Under Arizona law, the task of replacing Senator John McCain falls to Governor Doug Ducey. Political pundits far and wide are speculating on who the governor might appoint. Frontrunners include Jon Kyl, the former Senator from Arizona (1995-2013). Kyl has taken the lead on the[..]
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  • Where Goodness Abides

    Where Goodness Abides

    The menu was straight up Ireland: Corned beef (soaked in 2 pints of Guinness), boiled onions, potatoes and rutabagas. Boiled cabbage. Rye bread slathered in Irish butter. The guests were mostly California transplants. They came via serendipitous routes to Oregon, followings spouses, or children, or[..]
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  • Not All Sin is Equal

    Not All Sin is Equal

    I spoke with a woman recently who said she was struggling to find a faith. Nodding toward her husband, who was tending to their toddler, she said, "He's a Christian, but I'm having a difficult time with it." Her ability to carve out a faith,[..]
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