I was just wondering if Mr. Roeten [“Your Vote Should Be Obvious,” Letters, June 25] has adopted an AIDS baby or a crack baby or even a baby with a birth defect? Or maybe he’s offered up his home as a place of support to an unwed mother during her pregnancy? Because if he hasn’t, I don’t think he has the right to tell a woman what she should or should not do with her body.
The religious right convinced people to vote for Bush because he was against abortion and would work to overturn Roe v. Wade. But those same people don’t seem to have a problem with his starting a war with a country that didn’t attack us, killing over 4,000 of our men and women along with hundreds of thousands of men, women and children including babies in Iraq.
If we taught real birth control in our schools instead of abstinence only (which doesn’t work), maybe we wouldn’t have so many abortions. If, instead of spending money on a war that benefits the oil companies, we spent money on programs that would help unwed mothers raise their children—maybe they would choose to have them instead of aborting them. You won’t get those programs if you vote in a Republican president, but you will get more deaths in Iraq.
Rich people will always be able to get a safe abortion. They were getting them before it was legal. It’s generally the poor folks that end up dying in dirty backrooms from an abortion gone bad.
Economically speaking, the lower and middle class fare much better under a Democratic president, and when people are doing better economically they have extra money and can give to organizations that can help an unwed mother do the right thing.
As far as the voters who showed up in record numbers to put Obama on the ticket: Yes, your vote should be obvious, so please go to the polls again in November so that we can overwhelmingly show the country that Obama is the man for the job and is the only man that will bring some long overdue change.
— Sharon Dagiel