Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We Stand With Planned Parenthood

This letter was printed in: Letters to the Editor, Issaquah Press.  It's well phrased and I especially liked their last 2 sentences, the bold was my addition.  Yes, we stand solidly with Planned Parenthood and any politician that promises to defund Planned Parenthood, ( Mitt Romney) isn't getting my vote. 

May 22, 2012
By Contributor
Planned Parenthood
Organization offers more choices for women’s health issues than abortion
We were two of the people who stood across the street from Planned Parenthood in March and April. We, like our fellow Planned Parenthood supporters, stood in the rain and in the sunshine, across the street from people praying to their God to end abortion, to show our commitment to healthcare access.
Planned Parenthood is about so much more than consultation regarding abortion. Women, old and young, need quality healthcare; they need information about family planning, and they need access to safe and private qualified medical assistance when encountering an unwanted, unplanned, or forced pregnancy. All of these are very personal issues and must be the choice, and the decision to take action only of the woman involved.
We live in a country, under a government that has established the separation of church and state. Any act that would blur those lines would tear away our solid social fabric. We stood with Planned Parenthood then, today and tomorrow.
Pat Martin and Francie Greth-Peto

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”
James Madison
 “Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”
Thomas Jefferson
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