Opinion / The Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com
Letter to the Editor: Let children act their age
On the Oct. 7, on my way to work, I saw another anti-abortion protest in Woodstock. That's fine, it's your right to protest. However, I also saw numerous children stuck there holding up signs, several of whom I'm reasonably sure don't even know where babies come from - a few appeared to be 5 years old at the most.
When they return to school, their friends will ask what they did over the weekend, and what do they say? I reiterate, they don't know what's going on; either they repeat the lines fed to them and look weird, or they keep silent either to avoid scorn or simply out of ignorance.
And they truly don't know. I understood the basic concept of reproduction and childbirth at an early age on account of an old medical textbook laying around the house, but even then I wouldn't have even the vaguest understanding of the full issue. Even as adults, many gloss over the details - even the politicians making these decisions. And you expect elementary-age children to get it?
Protest if you wish. It is, as I said, your right. But let children act their age. Besides, if you're not old enough to vote, why should we consider you old enough to form enough of an opinion to protest?
Jacob Papson, Woodstock