Letter to the Editor

Pro-life, anti-choice

Paso RoblesMay 2, 2014 

I hear the Republicans, especially conservative ones, arguing that they are “pro-life.” And yet they (in general) support the death penalty. They try to deny women access to birth control. Logic would dictate that were there more ready access to birth control, there could be less need for abortions, which would surely be “pro-life.”

By trying to force Planned Parenthood clinics out of existence — where 94 percent of their activities are involved in women’s health, not only reproductive health — they are depriving women of needed health services. Women are being denied access to breast cancer exams, birth control information, family planning and other vital services.

My take is that the underlying objection to Planned Parenthoods generally and abortion particularly, is “sin” — if these “sinful women” try to use birth control (instead of allowing “God’s hand” to rule), and if they get pregnant, then denying abortion is that woman’s penalty for “sinful behavior.” How else can one support denying birth control in the name of the sanctity of life and still avidly support the death penalty?

It is not “pro-life” and “pro-abortion”: It is “pro-choice” and “anti-choice.”

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