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Letters to the Editor

Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 15, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 14
  • Published February 14

Support Planned Parenthood
To the handful of anti-abortion protesters at the Women's March a couple weeks ago, I respect your right to express your passion for your strongly held values. Assuming your defiance was directed at Planned Parenthood, I wonder if you understand fully what Planned Parenthood does. The vast majority of their patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancies. Additionally, they provide preventive health care (cancer screenings) and reproductive care (e.g., birth control) along with a host of other vital services: sex education, family planning, STD testing and education, to name a few. Though it is a small part of what Planned Parenthood does, safe abortion services are important, linked to the fundamental belief that women should be given the choice.
I hope that regardless of our religious or political affiliations, we could all take steps to ensure that this agency continues to provide these necessary health care services to the scores of men and women who would otherwise be unable to afford them. Birth control access and education are critical to help stop unintended pregnancies. Why dismiss a valuable agency whose focus is on preventing such pregnancies and the need for abortions?
— Judy Murphy

Bill Mexico for infrastructure
So, the president gave us a great, wonderful, trillion-plus infrastructure package. The payers — states. Hmmm. A better idea: How about adding this to Mexico's bill for the wall? Just saying. Seems more likely.
— Beverly Metcalfe

What is the bathroom fear?
Will a transgender female after surgery enter the women's bathroom and then enter a stall to masturbate because she is really attracted to other females at the sinks? Will young girls' innocence be threatened in that bathroom stall?
Did that transgender female spend her money and time, enduring heart-wrenching emotional anxiety and undeniable health risk just so she could sink into sexual perversion in bathroom stalls? What did she fear before she entered that bathroom? Should she listen to her soul's inner voice (truly a gift from God) or the words of others who profess they know God's will for her? My God, thankfully, rejoices in her listening to her God within.
— Kay Rollison

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