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Letter to the Editor: Reader says real war on women waged by Obama


Warren D. Golightly (May 24), mentions the recent vote by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, the "No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, and various state Republican legislatures votes for the requirement that women seeking abortions undergo "invasive" ultrasound tests, and defunding of healthcare clinics that defund abortions. He refers to these votes as "attacks on birth control and family planning."

What is often framed as the "Republican attack on women," a phrase recently coined by President Obama, is actually a reflection of the belief by the majority of Americans, and the teaching of the Bible, that life begins at conception, and that abortion is the killing of human beings. God hates "hands that shed innocent blood" (Prov. 6:16-17). Most taxpayers don't want their money being spent on that. Abortion is not a decision of what a woman does to her body, but what she does to the baby's body. No one has the right to choose to kill another human being, born or unborn. And couples must choose responsible behavior, and avoid getting pregnant in the first place, including birth control. Those who find themselves with unplanned pregnancy have two alternatives to abortion - adoption and keeping the baby. Either way, the child has the opportunity of growing up and making a meaningful contribution to the world.

It is not true that "Republicans are determined to dismantle the safety net protecting the old, the disabled, the low income and the unemployed." Republicans realize that this country simply cannot continue to spend money that it doesn't have. If it does, it will be to the detriment to us and our posterity. Planned Parenthood will survive without government funding.

A majority of women don't believe there is a "Republican war on women," according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll. Rather they support Romney over Obama. They recognize that the real war on women is waged by Obama and Democrats which has kept unemployment high for women, and men, and the economy in the pits for the last 3 1/2 years.

L. John Bost

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There you go again Bost. Your right wing propaganda would make Joseph Goebbels proud.

Obama waging a war on women? Ridiculous! It simply does not comport with the facts or the truth for that matter as evidenced by the following. Obama and the democrats introduced and got congress to pass the Lily Ledbetter Act that over ruled a recent Supreme Court decision that prevented Ms. Ledbetter from filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC for equal pay. The act restored the old law that the 180 day time limit for job discrimination runs anew with each paycheck received. Almost all Republicans voted against it. Obama proposed and sent to congress a bill that would guarantee equal pay for women who are payed on average 30% less than men for doing the same job. Republicans killed it in the Senate with the filibuster. Obama”s Affordable Care act provides contraceptives to women which allows them more control with the reproductive process and in most cases is essential for women’s health at no cost through their health insurance. Republicans voted against it. Obama stopped cold the republican effort to defund planned parenthood which provides essential health services to women who otherwise could not afford it. The list goes on and on.

This a typical tactic of Right. While waging a war on women they accuse the other side of the very same thing in order to convince an all to often gullible voting public that they are the good guys. Unfortunately it often works all to well to the detriment of working class Americans.

A reasonable person must question how supposedly intelligent people can resort to such tactics. Perhaps its genetic as proposed by a recent study by the British weekly magazine, New Scientist. I quote. “a rather unflattering view of conservatives emerges from the studies. They are portrayed as dogmatic, routine- loving individuals, while liberals come across as free-spirited and open minded folk.” The proposal that genetics influences ones political tendencies seems plausible. Perhaps we liberals should not be so hard on them. After all they were born that way.

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