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Dear Editor:

It is indeed ironic that tears are shed and hearts are broken when elementary children are shot dead along with two teachers, but riots and protests occur when the SCOTUS may overturn a 1973 decision on abortion.Why?

Is not one life "born" and another "unborn"more sacred than the other?The "unborn" and the "born" both need our protection from harm.

Life begins at conception and should end atnaturaldeath. Biology is a truism not to be overturned.


John Stiegelmeyer


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Linda Duffie June 3, 2022, 10:49 pm Life may begin at conception, but the fetus is not going to live until 24 weeks of gestation, if even then. It will take $1 million or more to bring that poor child out of the NICU, probably with significant impairments. But no one wants to talk about the cost of hospital care or ongoing care of the child ever leaves the hospital.
John Stiegelmeyer June 5, 2022, 4:30 pm Can an unborn survive after 20 weeks? 24 weeks? Whether born or unborn a life is a life. Ssurvival has nothing to do with the argument. That unborn is not a rock, pig, dog, or cow; it is human and deserves protection.
Randy Braden June 6, 2022, 1:15 pm If we are going to force a woman to carry a fetus to term then we need to force the man to be accountable. Republicans are pro-birth because they quit caring about the newborn at birth. They want to cut programs that would help the mother raise a healthy baby. If life begins at conception we should be able to count the unborn on our taxes and even insure them.

I’m not crazy about abortions, especially the later they occur, but it’s not my health care decision or the government’s decision. It’s between the mother and her doctor. In addition, to be pro life we might do something about gun violence instead of sitting on our thumbs!
Darrin Lindsey June 6, 2022, 3:23 pm Can a death certificate be legally signed by a medical professional, if no birth certificate can be produced? The Bible is not a legal document any more than War and Peace is. I personally don't have a defense for general abortion, if it takes place after 24 week. Although, there are legitimate reasons for specific cases. I do admire some of the best of Foster Parents, but the overall Foster System, in our country, is a very cruel way for a child to be brought up. It shouldn't be seen as a reliable resource for unwanted births. If Republican men want to regulate a woman's life and body, they should all be on a revolving list of financial responsibility for each unwanted child, along with paid up life insurance for every expecting mother.
Norma Gould June 6, 2022, 3:30 pm John, protests occur because republican men are trying again to take women's rights away. When is the last time men's rights were taken away? That would be never because men are in control and wouldn't do anything to affect themselves. It is always blame the women.

A man can impregnate a woman every day for 9 months while a woman can be pregnant only once during those 9 months. So why is it always the women the republicans try to control and do nothing about the men.

Why would Abbot want to force a 9-year-old to give birth or a 12-year-old, little girls who were raped by family members?

What a woman does with her body is none of your business. When I think of some of the republicans in congress I ask myself do they really care one way or the other about babies before they are born or is sit that they just follow the republican rhetoric? I think the later is true. They prove that when they don't care about the babies after they are born.

The shooting in NewTown killed little children and they did nothing and now more babies were killed. Republicans are being well paid by the NRA and even if the committee comes up with a bi-partisan bill it is doubtful republicans in the Senate will pass it.

I just heard the shooter in Uvalde went back and forth between the two rooms and walked into one room and asked if anyone needed any help. A little bot stood up and he shot him. That is what our babies are dealing with after they are born, again because republicans block any kind of gun safety.

No one wants to have an abortion. It is never part of a woman's plan to get pregnant and have an abortion but republicans never give any thought to the woman and what she might be going through. They want to no longer give exceptions for rape or incest. They don't care if the woman is being beaten by the man in her life or he runs off and leaves as soon as he finds out she is pregnant.

I can guarantee you one thing, making the decision to have an abortion is never an easy decision to make but it should be their decision, not yours.

Norma Gould
John Stiegelmeyer June 6, 2022, 4:41 pm Randy? how can you make so many statements that are so false. I didn't raise any issue on male responsibility. I am writing about life and how sacred it is - period. Whether born or unborn. How false it is the marking R's with a broad brush as uncaring about children is just balderdash!!! Your side is indeed incable of learning you must stick to the NARRATIVE! GEEZ!
John Stiegelmeyer June 6, 2022, 7:34 pm I must again comment. Braden, Gould, Lindsey. Justify if you can 400,000 black babies killed by abortion last year. Let's hear it. Is this genocide, infanticide, or a racist effort by planned parenthood to eliminate black Americans in our mist? Is this what Margret Sanger meant by "weeding the garden"? This is life, these are humans that were deprived of life. Justify this!!!
Norma Gould June 8, 2022, 8:41 pm John, Any time there is an abortion it is a decision that the mother feels is necessary for her to make. I won't bother giving you all the reasons because you know them as well as I do.

As far as black women and abortion that you mentioned it is probably because more black women live in poverty and the feel they have no choice. republicans are constantly trying to cut programs that would benefit these women to keep these babies. In other words republicans say they care about the unborn baby but in all honesty if they cared about the woman before she got pregnant things might be different. republicans are trying to keep them from voting and putting more restrictions in place. republicans always want to take their voice away which contributes to the choices they are forced to make.

Then you say "Is this genocide, infanticide, or a racist effort by planned parenthood to eliminate black Americans in our mist?" That is the most absurd and disgusting comment I have ever heard and my only comment to that is if that were really happening in this country it would be republicans doing it.

Norma Gould
John Stiegelmeyer June 8, 2022, 10:32 pm Gould,
From you comments you are the merchant of death to our Black brothers. How can you adhere to that genocide?
Anthony Bopp June 10, 2022, 9:46 pm "I must again comment. Braden, Gould, Lindsey. Justify if you can 400,000 black babies killed by abortion last year. Let's hear it. Is this genocide, infanticide, or a racist effort by planned parenthood to eliminate black Americans in our mist? Is this what Margret Sanger meant by "weeding the garden"? This is life, these are humans that were deprived of life. Justify this!!!"

I would ask you to justify being so monstrous as to insist women carry to term babies that they cannot support financially and that conservatives will not allow assistance for them to support.
Anthony Bopp June 24, 2022, 9:52 pm "The three liberal justices, in a joint dissent, powerfully underscored the implications of the court’s action. “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens,” they wrote. “Yesterday, the Constitution guaranteed that a woman confronted with an unplanned pregnancy could (within reasonable limits) make her own decision about whether to bear a child, with all the life-transforming consequences that act involves. … But no longer. As of today, this Court holds, a State can always force a woman to give birth, prohibiting even the earliest abortions.”

The radical conservative majority’s damage to the Supreme Court cannot be undone

This is the definition of radical. This is the definition of evil. It is incumbent on all of us to stop this utter madness.
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