I believe Madison Cook’s Feb. 5 letter, “Votes are making life more difficult for women,” errs: Taxpayers don’t want to “regulate” her anatomy, they just don’t want to pay for abortions.

Last month, the Knights of Columbus released the results of a nationwide poll on attitudes toward abortion, conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, revealing: 65 percent who identify themselves as pro-choice support parental notice laws; 53 percent of pro-choicers oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

Remember President Barack Obama saying under Obamacare not a penny would go for abortion? He even signed an executive order promising to protect the Hyde Amendment, which bans the public funding of abortion. All this to get the pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak to vote for his health care law.

The Affordable Care Act, declared a tax by the Supreme Court, requires every American to purchase health insurance that includes mandatory coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, thus violating the Hyde Amendment’s ban on taxpayer-funded abortion and the conscience protection it affords.

Cook seemed upset that the three Democrats that voted for H.R. 7 were men. Doesn’t she know it was seven men out the nine justices on the Supreme Court that gave us Roe v. Wade?

Susan B. Anthony, Mattie Brinkerhoff, Sarah Norton, Emma Goldman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others from the early women’s movement strongly argued that legalizing abortion would be profoundly harmful to women. Alice Paul, the author of the original equal rights amendment, referred to abortion as the ultimate exploitation of women. With all the extensive studies showing the abortion/breast cancer link, women injured both physically and emotionally, these women have been proven right.

Ronald J. Stauble Sr.


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