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The Logical Look at Pro-Choice Arguments


The word itself is one of the most divisive in the English language.

Fewer topics invoke the ire of so many people. In today’s world, the abortion debate seems so muddled in rhetoric that no side can fully understand the other. This cacophony of voices creates a simplistic message that is used against each side of the debate. It leads to people who label themselves as “pro-choice” stereotypically viewing pro-lifers as some mix of bigots, religious fanatics, and people wishing to revoke the rights of women as well as “pro-lifers” viewing pro-choicers as murders, heartless people, or some similar idea.


Protesters advocating Planned Parenthood

It is time that we take a look at the pro-life response to the arguments of abortion supporters, using logic and reasoning: no religious views, preconceived notions, or political agenda. Let’s look at it through logical analysis.

First though, I want to make it clear that I believe that women must be taken care of after the baby is born. It is wrong for those who are pro-life to advocate so strongly against abortion and then abandon a mother with her newborn child. Thus, it is imperative for citizens to open businesses, charities, and other organizations for the purpose of caring for these women by getting them on their feet or keeping them on their feet in a good paying job. If someone is pro-life, they should respect life on all levels, at all ages. 

STATEMENT ONE: “My Body. My Choice.”

This slogan has been used by the women’s movement for decades. This refrain comes from the idea that the fertilized embryo, being inside the womb of the mother, is therefore the property of the mother. This argument has its strong points; indeed, the organism growing inside of a female is using the mother’s resources, taking up her nutrients, and using energy that the mother could be utilizing somewhere else. Indeed, no rational person would argue that a woman is not biologically and personally affected by being pregnant.

But, looking at the “my body, my choice” argument from a reasoned perspective, is the bundle of cells within a woman her body?


The American Idea

America isn’t a country. She has no borders. She has no government. She has no President and no Congress. She has no Supreme Court, nor police force. There is no location on a map where you can place her. That is because America is, at her very heart, an idea. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher summed it up best by saying; “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”  The premise that America is an idea is critical in understanding how we, as Americans, should approach everything in our lives. If we are to be the superpower of the world, as well as govern ourselves justly, we must have a firm basis as to why we are distinctly different from every other nation on Earth. Other nations were founded on centuries of history. America is unique because we were founded on an idea, a philosophy:

“The American Idea”

More and more often, Americans see so many problems in society that they lose hope in what we stand for. Americans are beginning to see themselves as “just another nation”, with nothing special to offer. That is a lie. The United States of America is a country with everything to offer, not because we’ve gotten it all right, but because every generation is moving towards the perfect idea upon which we were established.


“Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze


My Grandfather: Brother, Soldier, Employee, and Husband

My grandfather, Harrison Null Howe, died in 2000. I was born in 1997, so I don’t remember any of my interactions with him, but, from what I have heard, he was a great human being. His life story is one that never ceases to give me confidence and strength. His courage and determination should be a spark in all of us. As such, I want to share that spark with you today.

Harrison Howe was born in 1928. At the time of his birth, his father Harrison Burke Howe was 48, his sister Louise was 21, and his mother Francios Angeline Null Howe was 54. As such, Harrison’s mother briefly held the Guinness Book of World Record’s “Oldest Woman to Have Given Birth in the United States” record. His father was originally his mother’s accountant. Unfortunately, Harrison’s father embezzled his mother’s money and deserted the family when Harrison was 4. Harrison and his mother were eventually forced to live in the old coal bin of a house due to financial reasons. In his youth, he worked for the local pharmacy, delivering medicine on his bike for tips.

Harrison was an exceptionally bright student. In fact, he skipped several grades in both elementary school and high school. He briefly attended Vashon High School in Saint Louis, Missouri, but he followed his mother in her search for her husband and ultimately graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas at the age of 14.


The Fall of Popular Culture

Throughout the years, there have been various attempts by legislatures at the local, state, and federal level to legislate virtue into the lives of everyday Americans. In the past, the American government has tried to pass laws to make us more moral people by banning alcohol, sodomy, and drugs.

This may actually be illegal in Mississippi. (Photo by Alamy)

This is actually illegal in Mississippi. (Photo by Alamy)

Legislatures have enacted bills that make it “against the law to eat candy less than an hour and a half before church service.” And, in Michigan, it is actually illegal for a man to cheat on his wife. In Texas, there are no religious tests to run for office. But, you must acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being. In Mississippi, you are not allowed to be drunk or swear in front of two or more people. Lastly, in Virginia, it is actually illegal for anyone who is not married to have sex.

While we certainly don’t enforce these laws anymore, it shows the importance of virtue to Americans of the past. However, a bigger problem than the foolishly virtuous laws of the past is the total lack of virtue in our popular culture today.


Welcome and Happy Birthday America!

Happy 239th birthday to the United States of America! Also, I’d like to offer you a warm welcome to the new! How fitting it is to choose today as the launch date of this website!

Independence Day is a day of joy and patriotism across the United States. Families gleefully line the streets to watch parades, and folks from all places gather in celebration for their country. It is a day when we can all stand behind one flag, united as Americans, regardless of race, gender, etc. Today is the day when we remember our formal declaration of independence from Britain on July 4th, 1776. It’s certainly a day to be a proud American.

I myself make it habit to call the holiday “Independence Day” and not “July 4th”. There is a very important reason for this. Independence Day is a day when we celebrate our independence from Britain and our becoming our own country, for the purpose of governing ourselves. Using the term “independence” helps to solidify the fact that there is a deep, historical reason for this holiday. This holiday reminds us that this country was not made. Rather, it was forged by the hard work and dedication of our founders and of many generations thereafter. We celebrate on Independence Day not only our independence from Britain, but the American Spirit which has invigorated us and empowered us throughout our 239 years.


Junior Ring Day Speech

Speech originally given March 3, 2015:

What a day. It seems like just yesterday I sat where you sat listening to Mr. Schmitt talk to us. Only, his microphone didn’t work, so he used his famous “Irish Whisper” to make sure we could all hear. And, we were certainly able to hear him. Thankfully, I have this functional microphone, so we can go ahead and get started.

As Mr. Armon stated, my name is David Bader, and I’m a senior here at Chaminade. I’m honored to speak with you this morning about Junior Ring Day. It’s been about a year since I sat where you’re all sitting now. I remember sitting there worried about how I thought my ring didn’t fit correctly.  I remember being astounded by my ring. I remember marveling at how time had gone by. It seemed like only yesterday I came to Chaminade as a 6th grader, and I was now receiving my junior ring. Indeed, many of you may be having these thoughts at this very moment. (I don’t blame you). Junior Ring Day is an exciting, though somewhat frightening day. So, I’d like to reflect with you briefly this morning about what Junior Ring Day means and what the ring itself means.


The Fellowship of the Ring

Originally published February 25, 2015:

On March 3rd, the Class of 2016 will get their class rings. I myself enjoyed Junior Ring Day a great deal, and I find it even more joyous now, as a senior, seeing the Class of 2016 take their opening steps to becoming seniors next year. Junior Ring Day and the rings themselves are a wonderful thing we do here at Chaminade. The rings in particular allow us to take a step back and remember what Chaminade is about and what it means in our lives.

Juniors, the ceremony itself will be full of pomp and circumstance. It will be very easy to get wrapped up in your new, shiny pieces of jewelry. However, I would challenge you, as well as every senior and every person who has ever received a class ring, to take a deeper look at the ring and see it as a symbol in your life.

The Chaminade Class ring operates on a number of symbolic levels. First, it is a connection to your school and your Chaminade brothers. The rings you receive are one of the most unique things you will ever own. No one else in the entire world will have a ring that says, “2016” and “Chaminade – St. Louis, MO” but the 115 or so of you. That ring acts as a symbolic bond between you all. After your graduation, you will all go your separate ways, but the rings will stay with you, forever. You may find the ring twenty years from now in a shoebox, and it will still be your ring, your school, and your brothers. The gold bond which you will possess is stronger than any other bond that there is. Know that. So, look at your ring often and think about how much you do for your school and for your brothers. See your ring as a tangible connection to Chaminade.


Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think

Originally published January 26th, 2015:

When I sat in Mr. Thro’s room one crisp morning in the spring of 2011, I listened to three seniors tell me about their time at Chaminade. Each senior told to us 8th graders that our time at Chaminade was limited and that we should make the best of every moment. To be honest, I assumed they were lying. You can call me a cynic, but I honestly didn’t believe them. After all, it was 2011. How could the year 2015 come “quickly”? To me, graduation seemed eons away. But, on January 1st, 2015, I picked up my class ring, saw the year “2015”, and thought to myself, “whoa, the time just flew by.”

My years here have been filled with triumphs and failures, joys and sorrows. But, looking back on it, I don’t regret a thing. Now, after all my years here, I believe that I am in a position to give some advice, and I’d like to take advantage of that opportunity. Thus, I’ve taken all of my experiences and crafted these five statements of advice.

First, “don’t be afraid to look like an idiot.” You’d be shocked the number of times I decided not to do something at Chaminade because I thought I would look dumb. Even this year, I had times where I was afraid to do something because I assumed that I’d look stupid and be criticized. However, I shouldn’t feel that way because that doesn’t happen here. The fact is that the people here at Chaminade are an understanding bunch. They know that you’re human, and they know that everyone has made (and will make) mistakes. While “don’t be afraid to look like an idiot” can apply to almost any situation in life, it certainly applies here at Chaminade. For example, it would be very easy for a cynic to look at the Red Army and write them off as hooligans and fools. But, that isn’t true. If that cynic had bothered to really understand what the Red Army is about, he would join in the fun. I myself was daunted by the fear of looking like a fool in the Red Army at first. It was only after my trip to Kansas City that I learned that A) You don’t look like a fool and B) It’s more fun to take part in the Red Army than to worry about whether or not you should take part in it. So, my first piece of advice is this: “don’t be afraid to look like an idiot”, because you probably don’t look like an idiot. You just think that you do. Keep in mind that you are your own worst critic.


The Power of Esto Vir

Originally published November 17, 2014:

As a prelude to this article, I’d like to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who went out to Kansas City or took part in the Soccer State games last weekend. Whether it was the players themselves, the fans watching online, those who made the trek out to KC, or the Red Army itself, thank you so much. Thank you, seniors. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, to continue on:

The phrase “Esto Vir” seems to be draped all around our school. Whether it’s on advertisements, painted on the wall, or displayed in our school seal, a person can’t go very far on the Chaminade campus without seeing “Esto Vir”, which means “be a man”.  To an outsider, the phrase could be misconstrued as propaganda. It could be seen as a cheap admissions gimmick. And, though I heard the phrase “Esto Vir” uttered in almost every tour at Open House, an outsider might see our motto as nothing of real importance. However, the truth is the exact opposite.

The spirit of Esto Vir permeates the Chaminade campus. To a person who truly knows the school, the motto represents who we are as a Chaminade family. We are brothers, plain and simple. We look out for each other, we support each other, and, if I may be so bold, I believe we love each other as well. This family spirit is unique to Chaminade and is something to be cherished immensely. Very few (if any) other places foster the special kind of bonds that Chaminade does, and no other place produces the special type of men that Chaminade does. This was absolutely clear to me last Saturday night, November 15th, a night which was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had at Chaminade.

I know that my next words may bring out feelings of sadness, but I’d ask you to bear with me anyway. If you have not heard, we did not win first place in the state soccer finals. We did, however, come in second. But, what truly shined brightly Saturday night was not the final score on the board. Rather, it was the undeniable sense of fraternity, brotherhood, and sportsmanship that the men of Chaminade displayed.


Stop Complaining About All Your Homework!

Originally Published September 23, 2014:

As I was up late until two in the morning last week, I once again remembered the bucket loads of homework dumped on Chaminade students each year. I once again remember the angry parents arguing that no one else does this much homework, even though you know they do. It reminds me that, here at Chaminade, we just have too much homework.

However, it is crucial to push this issue beyond mere complaining. Look, we can all complain about homework. However, if we want to change anything, we need to outline reasons for a reduction of homework, not just complain more often or louder.

Now, I’m with you all. I think we have too much homework. But, before we get to whining, let’s remember what homework is supposed to be in the first place. Homework, by its design, is meant to reinforce whatever the teacher taught that day in class. Therefore, homework is supposed to help learning. Does it ever? Not usually. Homework, when it is piled on in loads, goes from being a gentle reinforcement of the curriculum to being an all-out war with the clock to see how a student can accomplish as many assignments as he can as quickly as he can. There is no real learning involved here, and that’s something we as a Chaminade community need to understand.  There is no real thought, no deep contemplation when you’re looking at hours of homework. And, when you come across a teacher who truly values contemplation, it is shocking. Last year, my English teacher told us to go home and “think” for forty minutes. It was wonderful and eye opening. When teachers allow students to actually take a break from shoveling away at homework and just think for a while, magic can happen.