Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Are these people serious?

There's a new post by Ron on his Tell the "Truth" blog.

It's a serious WTF? post.

Ron links to an article in the the Age newspaper about the trial of teacher charged with "11 counts of sexual penetration of a 16 or 17-year-old child under his care or supervision". The article deals with the allegation that when the student became pregnant whilst in a sexual relationship with her teacher, the teacher paid for an abortion obtained by the student. Ron gets his knickers in a twist because the woman, now 25, in testifying at the trial stated that after she had undergone the abortion of her pregnancy "She could not get past it in her mind, but, she said, Morrow acted as though it had never happened."

In his post, Ron quotes the article. Here is that quote, taken from his post:

"The woman, who cannot be named, said she could not get the abortion out of her mind but Morrow acted as if it had never happened."...

"One or two days before the abortion Mr Morrow and I went to a motel. We had intercourse, the occasion was for his birthday," she said. "I had a whole romantic set up for the hotel. Candles. . . a small picnic."

The next day he accompanied her to the clinic and paid for the procedure, she said.

Notice what he has chosen to focus on and specifically point out by bolding text? Yep, the girl's response in the days following the abortion. Okay, his blog is focused on the issue of abortion, so it is perhaps not unreasonable that he chose to focus his attention on that. But remember the context: a teacher has a sexual relationship with a student, during which she becomes pregnant and obtains an abortion.

Ron's concern is the student's response in the days following the abortion, not that a teacher has abused his position and engaged in a sexual relationship with a student. Is he fucking serious? And then he has the unmitigated gall to go on and suggest that the issue of abortion is directly linked to the issue of teacher sexual-misconduct with students. It beggars belief.


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My comment awaiting moderation on the post follows:

An average abortion?

Oh, wait. I see. Quote marks enclosing the word average means it really is a normal, everyday, circumstance for teachers to abuse their power and engage in illegal sexual relationships with their students. And of course it is a normal everyday experience for the female students so exploited to have abortions. Those darn irresponsible teenage girls and their unprotected sexual shenanigans. When will they ever learn?

What I find quite astounding about your post is that you choose to focus on the abortion rather than on the illegal, immoral, unethical and unprofessional conduct of the teacher. The issue in this story is not that a teen chose to abort her pregnancy, but that a teacher abused his position to engage in a sexual relationship with a student.

And to suggest that the issue of whether or not to legalise abortion is in any way tied to the issue of sexual misconduct by a teacher towards a student is not only egregious but outrageous.

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