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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Response from Senator Stabenow...

As a citizen of this great land, I take it a privilege to write our Congress and Senate and let my voice be heard. As a Christian priest abortion is one of those areas that we are required to stand up and speak. [If you voted for the current administration it is even more necessary lest you be guilty of overtly supporting its policies on abortion.] I received a letter from Congressman Ehler who also condemns abortion. From our Senators I have only received a note from Debbe Stabenow. I reprint it here for you with my emphasis and comments.

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on the issue of abortion.

The issue of abortion is unquestionably the most difficult issue I have had to deal with during my years of service. I have struggled with all sides of the issue to determine not only what I personally believe, but, more important, what I should do as a legislator representing a diverse state of people who hold many different religious, moral and personal beliefs.

Abortion is a serious issue that has divided many sincere and honest people. [No one has ever said that those who support abortion are not sincere. What we would say is that they are wrong. Hitler was just as sincere about extinguishing the Jews too.] Many believe that abortion is either absolutely right or absolutely wrong, while others feel it is acceptable only under certain limited conditions. Unfortunately, when the issue of abortion is debated in legislatures and in the Congress, representatives are often forced into choosing an absolute pro-abortion or anti-abortion stand. [There are only two possibilities here. Yes or No. It the real problem here that one must really do some logical reasoning on this to find out what is right?]  However, the questions I must decide as your Senator are not whether I am for or against abortion, but rather, what is the appropriate role of the government, [So, if something is logically shown to be wrong, then it is okay for the government to still have a supporting role? Then why the great difficulty in “struggling with all sides”?] and should government be making decisions about this intensely personal family matter. [Here is the code language here, it is an intensely personal matter.]

Because of the diversity of perspectives and the intense personal nature of the abortion issue, I have taken the position that the choice of abortion is not a decision government should make or deny. [Hence she will de facto support abortion.]

I also feel strongly that although it is not the proper role of government to decide whether abortion is right or wrong for individual families, [This is disingenuous. Where does the Senator think our laws come from? It is the purview of the legislative branch to make law. That is what they do. Very often they make law that will be followed more in the breach than in the main simply because the law itself expresses the nations vision of right and wrong.] the government does have some critical and important responsibilities as it relates to this issue. [Indeed!] As a Senator and a mother, [this is not pertinent to the argument, it is a fallacious appeal to emotion. Stay on the topic clearly from a position of reason.] I have a personal and public commitment to those policies that support and sustain children in healthy and loving families. [Do you know how long the waiting line is to adopt children? These parents would given the children a healthy and loving family. Abortion only kills the child. My, doesn't that shown concern for children?]

As a country, we must do everything we can to provide support and encouragement to women who are pregnant and to promote responsible family planning when a woman does not want a child. [Seems as though time for “family planning” is already over once the mother is pregnant. This is not about contraception, it is about abortion. Chronologically the issue regarding contraception has already occurred. But, of course, the problem is that abortion is being used as contraception.] Support services need to be available for pregnant teenagers and single mothers so they do not feel abortion is their only choice. [These things exist but Planned Parenthood fights them greatly.] We also need to provide better prenatal care, nutrition services, childcare, adoption programs, and economic opportunities for women. [Yes, we do. You're right here.] I believe that many women would not choose abortion if other help was available. [I don't believe that at all. It is being presented to our children as a viable option at schools. Why would they not choose it?]

I know that our country will continue to struggle and debate the abortion issue in the years ahead. As this debate goes on, I will continue to listen to and respect the views of others. I am hopeful that those who are divided by this issue can focus on areas of mutual agreement, [then take our federally funded abortion so that we don't have to face these issues and can focus on what we might agree on.] because only by working together can we effectively strengthen and improve the lives of children and their families.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with me.

Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator

Please write our representatives. We are not in a dictatorship and it is our civil responsibility to give our Christian values to this fallen world.

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