Restless Minds tackle controversial topic


The Restless Minds discussion group will tackle one of the most controversial issues of the past half-century during its first meeting of 2019.

“Pro-Life and Pro-Choice” is the topic when the group meets at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, in the Sewing Room of Oakwood’s Arts & Crafts Center. Discussion leader Dar Brasch wants to get beyond the often hard-and-fast positions taken on either side of the issue. In a sense, this is an ideal topic to challenge Restless Minds’ commitment to discussions where all points of view are respected, and dialogue is encouraged.

All people with open, inquisitive minds are invited to attend Restless Minds discussions. There are no dues or advance signups; just show up and participate.

January’s discussion will consider what exactly is meant by the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” and whether there are inherent inconsistencies in each label. Among questions Ms. Brasch expects to raise are: What factors make abortion such a hot button issue? Why is it difficult to change anyone’s mind on the issue? What social programs can decrease abortions? What can work? Does “pro-choice” always mean “pro-abortion”? Does an individual’s stance on abortion affect his or her positions on such other discordant issues as war, guns, welfare, immigration, foreign aid, death penalty?

For more information on the monthly discussion group, call Bill Gates or Bobbie Reed at 480-883-7410.