Friday, February 18, 2011

On Ramen and Responsibility

So representative Gwen Moore thinks one is better off aborted than eating ramen noodles.

As an animal welfare advocate, I once interned at a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center, which provided workers with housing, but not food.  My parents gave me $25 for the month-long internship.  I survived on ramen noodles and cranberry juice concentrate.  Sometimes, a local bakery would deliver day-old bread for the animals, and we interns would share a loaf.  Thus we did not starve, and we kept the animals in our care well fed and clean.  There were days--12 hour work days--when we were tired and cranky, and felt the responsibility of all those animals was just too much.  Sometimes the young animals cried all night.  Sometimes they refused to eat.  Some of them tried to bite us, or peck out our eyes.  We were scarred from the scratches of sharp talons, and we smelled as though we had been mucking out cages and compounds...because we had.  There were flies and maggots and wounds and death and other horrors to deal with.

And every day, after work, there was a steamy bowl of ramen noodles.  Yum.
Ms. Moore doesn't think much or ramen, or unborn babies.  Yet, she is big on accepting responsibility.  From Wiki  (emphasis mine):

Moore's son, Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde, aged 26, was arrested in connection with the November 2, 2004, (election day), tire-slashing of Republican party vehicles in Milwaukee; he was charged with a felony in connection with the event on January 24, 2005, but agreed, on January 20, 2006, to plead no contest in exchange for a sentencing recommendation ofrestitution and probation.[3] However, on April 26, 2006, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael Brennan threw out the plea deal and sentenced Omokunde to serve four months in prison and to pay $2,305 in fines and restitution. In response, Moore said, "I love my son very much. I'm very proud of him. He's accepted responsibility." 

An ongoing theme here, on the subject of abortion, has been one of young men and responsibility.  It's easy to take responsibility for something you've done that's wrong, as long as that's the end of it.  Fathering a child presents a life-long responsibility, and that's just too much for some young men to bear.  For women also, especially politicians like Ms. Moore, responsibility seems to have its limits.  An unplanned pregnancy, with all the consequences, including feeding a child for 18 years on a limited budget, is just too much responsibility.    Better to abort than ever risk the possibility of feeding a child a 20 cent bowl of noodles.  

Really, Ms. Moore?  Really?


Helenrr said...

Here here!! What about college students who have maxed out their meal plan (that was me), or single folks working to pay the rent and bills, or...
This woman is a loony no sense at all woman. I'd rather eat ramen instead of a fancy meal and enjoy my kids.

Elizabeth C. said...

So sad really. There have been times that my family has been fed on rice, beans and noodles in a cup.

But, at least they were fed and HAPPY.