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Larry A. Carstens: Republicans aren’t out to attack women’s rights

Posted: October 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.

In keeping with The Signal’s policy of limiting letters to 300 words, here’s a second response to the Sept. 23 column by Sharon Phillips, “Women’s rights under attack.”

I had trouble seeing some of her points with all the straw men she set up.

Where does she get off with a statement like “Republicans haven’t passed any laws yet that keep women from voting?” Yeah, like that’s a big push at conservative rallies and planning meetings around the country: You can’t attend one without some guy shouting, “Let’s push to outlaw women’s suffrage!” And some say conservatives are supposed to be the paranoid ones. No Republican has argued for that, or for trying to “destroy Planned Parenthood,” but the Republican Party has been heroic enough to raise the question why all citizens should be forced to fund an organization with which a significant number of them disagree. With the issue of contraception, the same principle applies: Nobody is trying to make it illegal for anyone to get or use contraception, but why should we all be forced to pay for it (including those of us, like many Catholics and some non-Catholic Christians — who consider it to be a sin)?

Would you also force Hasidic Jews to pay for pork, or orthodox Hindus to pay for beef steak?

There might be a war on women, all right, but you could probably learn more about it if you Google “Women Exploited by Abortion” (founded by Nancy Jo Mann), rather than listening to shrill carpers like Sharon Phillips.


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