To the Editor:
Ms. Endres talks about the pro-choice advocates and the Women’s March (“Meaningful March, Jan. 26), citing the supposed women who might have wanted to march for equal rights could have marched in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., but didn’t because they were never born. What strikes me about the anti-choice movement, is that so many of them have such concern for the unborn, yet make life so tenuous for children once they are born.
From cuts to wellness programs for children, as well as prenatal care, to cuts to pre-school and other education programs, even after school programs, that can be game changers for children. It seems the anti-choice only care about the unborn when they are unborn, once the children are born, all bets are off. If they are born into poor families, it’s almost as if the attitude is, it’s their fault for being born to poor parents. Why should the government pay for health care, preschool, etc.? Furthermore, they focus solely on abortion, ignoring the fact that many women, such as myself when I was younger and had no health insurance, depended on Planned Parenthood for free pap tests and breast exams. They also want to make it more difficult for women to obtain contraceptives.
I fail to understand why people think they have the right to impose their religious beliefs about birth control on people of other faiths. Yes, a lot of pro-choice people, men and women, are people of faith. If you don’t believe in abortions, don’t have one. If you don’t believe in birth control, don’t use it, but MYOB, and stop being so inconsistent and hypocritical.
I believe in access to safe and legal abortion. I also believe in wellness health care for children once they are born, funding for early childhood education, free lunches in school, access to quality education, after school programs, and other programs that give BORN children a fair start in life.