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Volume 77 Numbor 20 Pago 2
Wednesday Novombor2 1988
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4 The issue of abortion never has
l aroused any strong emotions in me.
My opinion of abortion was rather
vague and my lack of interest was
because of the obscure notions I had
' regarding the fetus.
The limited knowledge I had
centered around the cruelty of abortion.
' However my feelings underwent a
dramatic change when I obtained a job
- in a general practitioners clinic.
The discovery that abortion was
available in the clinic shocked me
because the thought of assisting the
doctor in the abortion was somewhat
repugnant to me.
Fortunately I was not required to do
so but during my short period there I
learned a lot regarding abortion: how
the abortion was carried out and the
methods used according to the devel-
opment of the fetus.
The experience was absolutely
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Kenneth R Pytxji Editor In Chlel
Rebekati Olbba WednMday Edition Editor
Tom Craig Friday Edition Editor
Krlatl Ouchart Managing Newt Editor
Cindy Laaper Opinion Editor
Mary Qanka Sport! Editor
Julia Fltzpatrtck Faaluraa Editor
(toy Cada White Chlal Photographer
Julie Sllgert Wedneaday Aaslgnmenti Editor
Blake Dunnavent Friday Aaslgnmenta Editor
The Optimlet founded In 1912 la publlahed eeml-tteek.
hr except during the aummar vacatlona and final examine-
Uona by atudenta In the Journalism and Mais Communica-
tion Department ol Abilene Christian University Abilene
Bulimic anorexic habits can
Eating disorders such as bulimia
and anorexia nervosa receive a lot of
attention in today's society.
Bulimia refers to an insatiable
voracious appetite resulting in ex-
cessive eating or binging. Binges
usually include the consumption of
vast amounts of high-caloric easily-
These binges arc typically follow-
ed by purging where the bulimic
rids herself of this food by self-induced
vomiting laxatives diuretic
medications excessive exercising
andor fasting and extreme dieting.
Anorexia nervosa actually means
"loss of appetite due to nerves" but
in reality is self-imposed starvation.
An individual struggling with
anorexia has a disturbed body image
and "feels fat" even when
Weight loss is usually 25 percent
of body weight and the fear of
becoming obese does not diminish as
weight goes down.
A more common eating disorder
than bulimia or anorexia nervosa is
compulsive overeating Overeating
produces fat. Fat affects health and
self-image. Fat produces critical
looks from Mom or friends or
spouse or self-consciousness in a
The clinic averaged five to sue abor-.
tions a day and on some days the figure
would rise to eight or more.
The majority of the people who came
for abortions were young women in
their early and mid-twenties. The expe-
rience was truly saddening.
I also was mentally depressed
because I had to handle the telephone
calls. Each time someone called and in-
quired if abortion was available I was
tongue-tied. I did not know whether to
reply in the positive or negative; I was
torn between the commitment to my
job and the consequences I felt I had to
bear if I replied in the affirmative.
I quit the job after two weeks when I
realized I could not adapt myself to that
environment. But the job left a deep
impression on my mind.
I find it incredible that in this civi-
lized country while we have heavy
Kevin MaranaM Oealgn Editor
Jonathan Witt Senior Sun Writer
John Paul Drownlow Start Photographer
Wendy Hombaker Star! Photographer
Terri Weat Wedneaday Copy Editor
Amanda Appleton Friday Copy Editor
Orttchen Schultz Aaaodate New Editor
Dawn Elizabeth Treat Aaaodate Boorta Editor
Dr. Chariea M. Marier Advteer
Donna Soutrtertand Adverting Director
Erie McMnan Ad Production Manager
Fritz Miter Ad Production Manager
Sharta SmaWng Ad Sale
Holly I toward Ad Salee
Mike Alexander Circulation Director
Sherri Weaterman ClaaerTied Ad Manager
Chrlatopher Jennlnga Marketplace ealeeman
Editorial opinions appearing In the Optimist are vtewa ol
the editorial board and do not rwceseariry reflect the of-
ficial policy ol the ACU administration and signed columns
and cartoons represent the Individual vtewa ol the authore.
swimsuit. Fat looks around the room
to see if anyone notices the buttons
gaping open on your shirt and if
anyone is bigger than you.
Our society has a problem with fat
people. They aren't thin. Thin is
smarter and better paid. Thin is eas-
ier to look at.
The problem is we have believed
it and we've built our lives around
it and now we're paying the price.
The price is people who vomit
after every meal who ingest so
many laxatives they can no longer
get out of bed in the morning and
whose weight on the scale deter-
mines how their day goes.
Whether it involves binging starv-
ing or vomiting an eating disorder
is a symptom of how we relate to the
world and how we value ourselves.
Overeaters bulimics and anorexics
all have this struggle in common.
Whether 50 pounds underweight
100 pounds overweight or struggl-
ing with the same 15 pounds daily
for years on end each person must
examine the same issues of control
In turning away from the self-
administered comfort of food the
individual needs to move toward the
realization that she is able to make
punishments for people who commit
killings abortion is not illicit. Because
the fetus has no human form during the
early days some people doubt and ref-
use to acknowledge the life of the fetus
and so they protest that abortion should
be considered killing.
This statement is unquestionably re-
futable. Of course the fetus is a life
because only through life is the fetus
able to be transformed into a baby. Arc
people trying to deceive themselves and
deny the fetus is a life just because it
has not been developed fully so as to
The Optimist encourages
reader response in the form of let-
ters to the editor howovor wo
reserve tho right to refuse letters
basod on personal attack
obscenity defamation erroneous
Information and Invasion of
privacy. Wo reservo the right to
limit frequent writers and to edit
for length or error.
Ploase address letters to "Edi-
tor" and mail to ACU Box 8203
Abilene Texas 79699.
responsible new choices.
The choice to change an old habit
is especially available to Christians.
Knowing and growing in Christ
helps the individual struggling with
an eating disorder realize she does
not have to prove her worth.
Knowing a person does not have
to be or do anything to gain Christ's
love and acceptance gives freedom to
Food obsessions in an individual's
life whether in the form of binging
or starvation have nothing to do
with food itself. The problem is not
what you are eating but wliat is
By Judi Eager marriage and f am-
ily therapist in the University
On-campus help is available
through the University Counseling
Center via individual counseling and
group therapy. Judi Eager facilitates
a weekly .support group for women
with eating disorders; for more in-
formation call 2625. An excellent
off-campus resource is the Eating
Disorders Unit of Minirth-Meier
Clinic in Richardson (214-669-1733).
Abortion in the fullest sense of the
term means murder. How brutal can
Probably worse than a killer because
at the very least he may have a cause to
kill that someone. But what can anyone
have against an innocent unborn child
to deny him a chance to live?
The main point here however is not
for us to decide whether the unborn
child should live or die but to be
honest with ourselves about our rights
to that unborn individual's life.
A woman may argue because she is
pregnant with the child she has a right
to do what she will. An indisputable
fact exists that the child is hers but
docs that also imply she can lay claim
to that child's life?
We must not abuse our right: only
the life which God has given us is ours.
The life of the unborn child in the
woman's womb docs not belong to her.
One small step for the ozone layer
one giant step for mankind.
A major chemical company an-
nounced plans last month to increase
production of a replacement for cer-
tain chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs.
Experiments indicate the new chem-
ical unlike CFCs does not harm the
Chlorofluorocarbons exist in air
conditioning refrigeration aerosol
propellants and insulated packaging.
The chlorine in CFCs destroys
ozone molecules by breaking apart
the three oxygen atoms that form
This ozone layer protects the
Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Thest rays not only cause skin
cancer in humans but also threaten
the food chain.
Changes in world climate another
possible outcome of excess ultravio-
let light could affect other food
sources adversely such as rice crops.
The global importance of these
dangers demands global action. We
applaud the actions already taken
Waitress appreciates students
Editor's Note: This letter is directed to the University class at Hillcrest
Church of Christ for their response in raising $114.64 for food to aid a waitress
Alyene wished to reach out to.
To the Editor
Once again my hearris full of love and appreciation for my ACU young men
and women. God bless each of you.
You make my heart happy each time you come into the restaurant. Now you
haVc taken money out of your own pockets to help someone in need.
What can I say except I pray God's richest blessings on each and every one
of you. You make our world a beautiful place.
I know you arc not to do alms before men but I think it's time we said how
proud wc can be of our young people instead of always being so quick to run
I have been asked to visit ACU and it would be my pleasure and honor to be
with some of the greatest young people in the world.
I will be here if any of you ever need me. Maybe I can listen to you cry with
you smile with you or just hold you when you need a friend.
Hut always remember you have the
precious Savior. That's really all you
love to each ot you.
Waitress Dixie Fig restaurant
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That life belongs to another individual.
Life is God's greatest gift to
mankind; and if the mother has no
right to her unborn child's life what
right then has anyone to set the law in
our society to legalize abortion?
The tragic irony in the world is abor-
tion exists in a society that claims to be
civilized and to uphold law and justice.
Why are we trying to contradict
ourselves by establishing laws that
punish killers severely yet permit abor-
tion to exist? What kind of a society arc
we in that while the law on the one
hand punishes people for killing it also
furnishes us with the authority to send
an unborn child to a brutal death?
We also should realize that our
understanding of ourselves as civilized
beings depends not only on laws con-
stituted by man but on our embrace of
social justice and the value we place on
our attitude toward life.
but they are not enough to stop the
The new chemical called HFC-
134a will take the place of CFC 12.
Unfortunately CFC 12 is one pro-
duct of one company in a country
that supplies 30 percent of world
The atmospheric chlorine levels
have doubled since 1974 when
researchers at the University of
California at Irvine first announced
the dangerous potential of CFCs.
These atoms cannot be recalled.
Public outcry after the UC-Irvine
pronouncement resulted in the 1978
banning of CFC spray can pro-
pellants in the United States. Inter-
est in the issue faded afterward until
the recent Midwestern drought once
more brought the point home.
The Environmental Protection
Agency last August called for a 50
percent drop in American CFC pro-
duction by 1998. We must begin
putting pressure on our industries to
go the second mile and stop all but
best in your corner and in your life our
need but I'll still be here for you. My
ir you. My
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