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