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Twenty-Five years ago, Norma McCorvey, a lesbian, was carrying a child she did not want. Because abortion was not legal, she sued her home State of Texas; to make her case more credible, she falsely claimed that she was a victim of rape. Today we know Norma as "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade.

Since it took three years to decide Roe v. Wade, McCorvey's daughter, who was conceived by the falsified rape, was never aborted. She was a college student living in Seattle with her adoptive mother when she was located in 1989. It shouldn't come as a surprise that today, McCorvey's daughter describes herself as strongly pro-life. As a woman who is both pro-life and lesbian, I take no pride in the fact that Norma McCorvey, a lesbian, and one who lied, is responsible is responsible for today's abortion on demand policy.

Abortion was the promised "miracle cure" that never happened; the hypothetical key to ending discrimination against women and the solution to a host of other problems- Today we must face the devastating results. Thirty-million-plus unborn human lives lost, untold numbers of others wounded. Children and other family members abused in ever-increasing numbers. And more women and children living in poverty than ever before.

Isn't it time to acknowledge that abortion is not a solution? Killing our children before they are born cannot solve social injustices.

As the Upstate New York contact of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL), a Washington DC based group, I want to introduce you to an exceptional human rights initiative. We are a non~violent, inclusive group of individuals; lesbian, gay, and bi-sexua (with straight allies) all opposed to legalized abortion. Many of us are activists for other causes, such as euthanasia, capital punishment, racism, domestic violence, and poverty. As a group, our objective however, is to abolish legalized abortion: as long as it is easy to have abortions, our society will be robbed of its will to do better by women and children. Abortion is an empty substitute for solutions that affirm human life. Abortion is a profound betrayal of love and an exertion of hostility, an extension of malevolence.

A bumper sticker that I came across once said it so wisely, that"No one is free when others are oppressed." Gay rights will only become manifest and ensured when gays and lesbians undertake non-violent activities in the pursuit of attaining rights for all, inclusive of our unborn sisters and brothers- To gain credibility and command respect from our society, our families and friends we, in the gay community, must demonstrate respect and love for all human life, and not exclusively our own lives. Scientists and researchers are working now to find a genetic code that predisposes one to homosexuality. Can the day be far off when that genetic link is found and future generations of homosexuals will be wiped out before birth? WAKE-UP, FRIENDS.. OPEN YOUR EYES OUT THERE! Better yet, open your hearts. That day is closer than you may think.

We live with a laissez-faire attitude that enables parents to abort fetuses because of presumed handicaps. Couldn't these same parents someday (if not today) deem homosexuality such a handicap? PLAGAL is concerned for the existence and protection of our yet to be born gay brothers and sisters. Many gays and lesbians, as proportionate to the heterosexual populace are, in their heart of hearts, opposed to the violence of abortion. We now have an organization that upholds all life, regardless of lifestyle, gender, race, creed, color, or age; born or unborn. PLAGAL's theme is, "Human rights start when human life begins." Our mission -- to spread the right to life message to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters -- is not an easy one. We take heart in what Gandhi once said, "When you speak the truth, you will be persecuted, and it is central to non-violence to confront the truth."

The time has come to confront the truth now, and come out of the closet, for life! That's "for life," as in pro-life.

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For information locally about PLAGAL, write:
P.O. Box 10035, Rochester, NY 14610.
Or nationally, P.O. Box 33292, Washington, DC 20033
Tel. (202) 223-6697.

KEARNEY is the Upstate New York State contact and representative of PLAGAL, and member of Feminists For Life of America, (pro-life Feminist group).