Abortion: Local Issue

Letters to the Editor: Karen Bass is right, abortion is a local issue. This is about the best opportunity to prevent it. I disagree with Karen Bass, the writer of the Aug. 21, article…

Abortion: Local Issue

Letters to the Editor: Karen Bass is right, abortion is a local issue. This is about the best opportunity to prevent it.

I disagree with Karen Bass, the writer of the Aug. 21, article titled “Abortion: ‘No. 1’ local issue.”

I’m pro-life and feel the need to tell the city clerk to her face that I’m opposed to her current position regarding illegal abortion and even more so, her decision to keep her office open until 9:00 p.m.

In her Aug. 21 article, Bass tells us it’s the people who are “pushing a local issue to the margins” who are causing it to “be a local issue.” She’s absolutely right — our city council is doing far more than “pushing” a “local issue to the margins.”

As the Aug. 20, front-page article indicated, there are plenty of people who are trying to bring it back to the “main” issue of illegal abortion.

We’re seeing an ongoing battle, with pro-life groups having the upper hand and pro-choice groups fighting to keep the issue alive. The battle is about a lot more than the number of abortions, we’re seeing it about whether those abortions should be legal to begin with.

It’s a battle over what life is and should be, and whether we should have people in government who are in it for their own personal gain.

On this issue, Karen Bass is right: There is no need for a debate over abortion as an “issue” but rather a debate over whether it should be acceptable.

There is no issue here, it’s a local issue.

The writer is correct that “abortion is a local issue,” but there is no such thing as a local issue when it comes to abortion. It’s a national problem, and I don’t see how we can have a discussion about it in our community without the attention and involvement of this large part of our city and county not taking sides.

As Bass stated in a previous article (“City Clerk’s position on abortion a ‘local issue’”), there is no one in our community that supports abortion, including the mayor and the chief of police.

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