January 29, 2009
Letters To The Editor
Open letter to voters:
Re: An open letter to the voters of Marshall County concerning the Freedom of Choice Act
I want to make sure that every citizen of Marshall County is aware that the Congress of the United States intends to outlaw all restrictions on abortion. Right now there are very few restrictions on abortion, but there are some. Partial birth abortion is outlawed by statute, and many states have placed other restrictions on the practice such as a short waiting period, the need to notify the parents of a minor, the requirement for some minimum counseling before undergoing an abortion, and the need to provide medical aid to any child who survives an abortion attempt and is born alive.
The Congressional leadership intends to pass, and President Obama has said that he will sign, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). This act would remove all restrictions on abortion, both state and federal. It would allow immediate abortion on demand, at all stages of gestation, anywhere in the nation.
If you are opposed to abortion you must immediately write or call your Congressional representatives telling them that you are opposed. If enough people express their opposition there may be some hope of defeating this bill. The only thing that will stop it is Congressional fear of being voted out of office. The leadership of both the House and the Senate support this bill and will lean heavily on Democratic members of Congress to vote for it. Our representative, Travis Childers, is a Democrat; and no matter what his personal views on abortion may be, he will be under tremendous pressure to go along with the leadership of his party. Only a flood of protests from his constituents will insure his vote against this bill. Please write or call his office today! Please write or call the offices of Senators Wicker and Cochran as well, though they will not be under the same sort of Congressional pressure to support the bill as will Rep. Childers.
The addresses and phone numbers of our legislators are:
If you are not opposed to abortion, I would like to refer you to the National Geographic website http://www.nationalgeographic.com/channel/inthewomb. There you will be able to see both video and still photos of perfectly formed human children in their mothers’ wombs. If that is not enough to convince you I would refer you to the trash receptacles at any abortion clinic. There you can see the same tiny bodies dismembered and lifeless.
Please write or call your senators and congressman and tell each one that if he votes for the Freedom of Choice Act he will be doing so against the wishes of his constituents. Please tell your relatives and friends to write or call their legislators as well. If you can organize the congregation of your church you can send a petition signed by the church members. Finally, if you have friends or relatives in other states or other congressional districts, tell them to write or call their senators and congressmen.
There is going to be unbelievable pressure put on our legislators to support this bill. The only thing that will defeat its passage is fear of the voters. The congressional leadership will threaten their colleagues with loss of campaign support and funds, and tempt them with promises of desirable committee assignments. The only pressure stronger than that is the fear of being voted out of office by unhappy constituents. We have got to raise that fear in them, and there is not much time in which to do it. The bill should be coming up for a vote any day now.
Very truly yours,
Super Bowl safety:
This Sunday, as football fans across the country gather to watch the big game, we encourage adults to make a designated driver part of a winning game plan.
Whether hosting, attending a party or heading out to a favorite sports bar, be sure to enjoy plenty of good food with your alcohol beverages, and space your drinks throughout the evening.
And, most importantly, designate a driver before kick-off or call a cab to help make sure everyone gets home safely after the game.
In fact, designating a driver has become second nature, with most adults doing the “ride thing” this Sunday. According to a recent survey conducted by TNS Custom Research on behalf of Anheuser-Busch, nearly two out of three adults – more than 137 million Americans – have been a designated driver or been driven home by one.
For more tips on hosting a fun, safe party, visit www.designateddriver.com.
Remember, “Responsibility Matters” on game day and every day!
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