A Dec. 8 letter criticizes another letter about abortion, which was not pro-abortion but tried to explain why abortion is necessary, and to stress that punitive laws criminalizing abortion will not stop abortions, only safe abortions.
The woman who rails against abortion forgets several things. First, she forgets that the Bible is not the law of the land, and we have separation of church and state. She is, in fact, a good argument for that separation.
She has no right to try to dictate someone else's behavior, especially by using religion.
By the way, you don't have to like abortion to acknowledge someone's right to have one. Nobody considers abortion ideal; we know there are better ways to control the problem. Good sex education is one, but oh, wait, you are also against sex education.
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Second, abortion is the law of the land. Women fought long and hard for decades to achieve equal rights, which includes abortion. Those interfering break the law and should be punished. Elected officials who pass laws waging war on women should be voted out of office, because they ignore half of their constituents.
Third, anti-abortionists would gain credibility if they were more consistent. They want to prevent abortions, but seem indifferent to what happens after a baby is born -- being against programs helping mothers and children, such as food stamps and higher minimum wages.
Maybe they think women should be punished for having sex out of wedlock. Most anti's are also in favor of war and the death penalty. Essentially, the "pro life" movement is really a "pro control of women" movement.
Women are tired of being spoken for and controlled. We don't need to apologize or explain. We demand all our civil rights and do not acknowledge anyone else's right to make moral judgments for us.
If the self-proclaimed "right to lifers" really revere life, there is enough productive work to keep them busy -- instead of attacking women's civil rights.