Choosing a path

Rachel Garber’s re­sponse (“Grant­ing a fair start,” Feb. 9) to my let­ter on the 2017 March for Life in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is im­press­ive. She man­aged to list every boil­er­plate ob­jec­tion ever lodged against pro-life ad­voc­ates like me: We care about chil­dren ONLY be­fore they are born

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To the Ed­it­or:

Rachel Garber’s re­sponse (“Grant­ing a fair start,” Feb. 9) to my let­ter on the 2017 March for Life in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is im­press­ive. She man­aged to list every boil­er­plate ob­jec­tion ever lodged against pro-life ad­voc­ates like me: We care about chil­dren ONLY be­fore they are born. We nev­er sup­port any ser­vices to chil­dren or poor wo­men. We have a prob­lem with pub­lic schools, and so forth. 

She might be shocked to learn that a life-long child ad­voc­ate and edu­cat­or like me agrees with every pro­gram on her list that sup­ports chil­dren and fam­il­ies, in­clud­ing: pre-nat­al care, pre-K, school lunches and edu­ca­tion it­self. Oth­er civ­il­ized na­tions like Fin­land already mod­el uni­ver­sal health care that be­gins be­fore birth, with free pub­lic edu­ca­tion from early child­hood to col­lege. Bring it on!

As a can­cer sur­viv­or, I fully sup­port wo­men’s health ser­vices like can­cer screen­ings, in­clud­ing mam­mo­grams. The gov­ern­ment can cer­tainly pay for con­tra­cept­ives, but may not force in­di­vidu­als or or­gan­iz­a­tions with re­li­gious ob­jec­tions to sup­ply them.

The Hyde Amend­ment pre­vents us­ing fed­er­al money for abor­tions. Every health ser­vice that Planned Par­ent­hood provides, be­sides abor­tion, can be sup­plied at com­munity health cen­ters. Why not in­stall more of them in every neigh­bor­hood? We have a great one right here in South Philly at Broad and Mor­ris streets. 

We must de­cide what path we want our coun­try to take. Be­ing pro-life in­cludes pro­mot­ing com­pre­hens­ive sex edu­ca­tion to pre­vent un­wanted preg­nan­cies (as well as sexu­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases), lifelong uni­ver­sal health and hu­man ser­vices to fam­il­ies, and fully fun­ded pub­lic edu­ca­tion. Or we can em­bark on the slip­pery slope of death that pro­motes on de­mand abor­tions, in­fant­i­cide, as­sisted sui­cides and the death pen­alty. I say we choose life.

Glor­ia C. En­dres
South Phil­adelphia


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