In this country, women have a legal right to abortion but possess no legal right to federal dollars to pay for them. Polls suggest this restriction is supported by the majority of Americans.
Throughout Ms. Reimer's entire column ("Anti-abortion or anti-woman's health?" April 11), she expresses outrage and suspicions that a "handful of ideologues in Congress" a "handful of ideologues in Congress" and a "small group who gather at the Planned Parenthood clinic praying and reading the Bible" are motivated less by "the fetus' right to life, than my right to live a life unencumbered by the religious beliefs of someone else."
Her expressions of outrage and suspicion about infringement of rights in this column is restricted only to those belonging to herself. Taking a human life is a moral decision of the highest order whether in the case of capital punishment, war, or abortion. It always involves the consideration of the value and rights of at least two human lives. The equation and laws regarding these actions are some of the most difficult for free, moral and democratic societies to make. Her statements utterly fail to respect the other side's position or grant that the overwhelming motivation for them may be that this is about a fetus' right to life.