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An earlier version of Carol Shaw Greger's letter misspelled the first name of Nov. 13 letter writer Sara Imershein.

Abortion in the health-care debate

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Monday, November 16, 2009

In their Nov. 13 letter, Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) presented a tired argument that was logically indefensible. They justified their position on abortion in the health-care bill to "preserve the right of conscience" of those who believe that federal funds should not be expended to provide abortions.

But my federal tax dollars supported the invasion of Iraq, which I opposed. Did Congress protect my "right of conscience"?

My federal tax dollars supported the operation of an interrogation program at Guantanamo Bay, which I opposed. Did Congress protect my "right of conscience"?

If Mr. Stupak and Mr. Pitts are going to oppose the legislation, they should come up with a more logical argument.

Barbara T. Osgood, Fairfax

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Where's the responsiblity of women to use birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy?

In her Nov. 13 letter, Sara Imershein, an obstetrician, wrote, "Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure." She made it sound like removing a bad tooth instead of a potential life in the womb.

I am not against women choosing to abort their unborn fetuses, but please don't force my Catholic family to pay for it.

Carol Shaw Greger, Bowie


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