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