Dear Editor:

I am outraged at the way the Republican Party is trying to trash women’s rights which we worked decades to advance. Romney and Ryan’s positions were no exception in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother for an abortion. Most reasonable Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, see this as extreme.

Now comes a statement from Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin, who referred to women’s bodies as being able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of “a legitimate rape” while explaining why he opposed abortion in all circumstances. This man has no understanding of basic reproduction; a woman’s body can’t reject a fertilized egg from rape any more than it can from reject one from consensual sex. All rape is illegal and painful.

Extreme right wing Republicans also want to take away screening for mammograms and pap smears which Planned Parenthood does for the poor at its clinics. These Republican are so far off mainstream America, we cannot elect them again. Is it going to take women dying in the dirty back rooms of illegal abortionist or women with medical issues dying because they cannot gain access to mediations used for both contraception and other medical issues before the American people wake up and say enough! We fought this battle once and we should not have to fight it again.

This is not just a women’s issueit is an issue for every father, husband, brother, or any other male that cares about a woman’s health.


Bette Hill