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Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, July 26 2014 10:17 p.m. MDT

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Maudine
SLC, UT

There is no financial support from the government authorized for abortions except for very, very poor women when there is a severe threat to the woman's health or in cases of tape or incest - the exact same instances supported by your church and the same restrictions that have been in place for over 30 years.

You don't have to like Obama, but at least be fully informed about the issues which you disagree with him on.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I am in agreement with our current president and his policies. I am a 60 year old active member of the church with 5 children and 15 grandchildren. I am glad that there are still good people in the world.

So?

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There has been a law on the books since the 1970's that prevents federal tax funds from being used to finance abortions. That law is still being enforced. I read constantly about people complaining that their tax dollars are being used to pay for abortions. They are not, stop worrying.

Also you may be interested to know that the abortion rate is down by 15% since Obama became president.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

The previous President took us to war and cost the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands of civilians and U.S. troops.

The web of pain and suffering from PTSD and other life destroying injuries goes on and on and on!

MY President Obama is a great man and a great leader.

A woman's right to choose is one of the freedoms that should be in place in our democracy.

I hope Utah can rally behind our next Democrat in Chief in a more patriotic way than they've shown with MY AWESOME PRESIDENT OBAMA!

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

And just where do you get your information Bruce....oh, I get it.

ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA

I don't think abortion is a good way to deal with a problem. The best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get pregnant in the first place. Ergo, birth control.

That being said, there is a good reason(s) for a woman to terminate a pregnancy. People of good faith and intentions may argue endlessly for what those reasons might be, but there are circumstances wherein the pregnancy is best ended.

Therefore, I am very comfortable in saying that this dreaded decision should be made by between that woman, her family, her medical professional and her faith. To interject my opinion, your opinion, or anyone else's is not the American way.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

Isn't it just that you don't like this president? Abortions have been funded by Medicaid and insurance companies since the mid-70s. What does being a member of 'the church' and having many church callings have to do with disagreements in abortion issues? Does free agency not factor in when it's an issue you disagree with?

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Please let me correct you, abortion services account for about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s activities. That’s less than cancer screening and prevention (16 percent), STD testing for both men and women (35 percent), and contraception (also 35 percent). About 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s users are over age 20, and 75 percent have incomes below 150 percent of the poverty line. Planned Parenthood itself estimates it prevents more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions. It’s also worth noting that federal law already forbids Planned Parenthood from using the funds it receives from the government for abortions.

President Obama support Planned Parenthood not abortion. Please if you will tell us where he actually says he supports abortion.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Planned Parenthood itself isn’t about abortion. It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health. And if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people. Folks with more money, of course, have many other ways to receive all these services, and tend to get them elsewhere already.

The fight also isn’t about cutting spending. The services Planned Parenthood provides save the federal government a lot of money. It’s somewhat cold to put it in these terms, but taxpayers end up bearing a lot of the expense for unintended pregnancies among people without the means to care for their children.

Bruce did you oppose Bush and his two wars for oil and the killing of nearly a million people and not to mention seven thousand US soldiers in the last twelve years?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

It's this kind of simplistic view of our politics that has led to the destruction of the middle-class, the hijacking of the Republican Party by extremists, and the overall lack of progress our nation is making.

I would encourage you all to read the best-selling book, "American Fascists" by Chris Hedges. Fascism hasn't come to America in the form of a swastica, but in the form of the bible wrapped in the American flag.

But when you see one political party today using nationalism and religion to take away women's rights, divide our country from the producers and takers, and blame our narion's problems on minorities, you can see why Germany became enchanted with this siren in the 30s and wonder just how much further we will fall down their same path?

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

"When you say "radical right" today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye."

- Barry Goldwater 1994

Who would have thought that he would be the moderate voice of reason? Heck, he would be considered a RINO today!

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

I don't get it. This person is older and married and has several children and has held a bunch of volunteer positions in a religious group.

Is this somehow supposed to give him expertise on social issues? Knowledge of the real experience of poor women? Insight into reproductive health? A podium to expound on legal issues?

This letter is quite disconnected, but it seems like the writer feels personal reproductive history and volunteer record provides a firm position from which to criticize others and criticize policies they really don't understand and have mischaracterized.

Esquire
Springville, UT

I am an active member of the church, and as such I have served in many positions. I think President Obama is one of the most moral men to have ever served in the position. Do you want me to list the reasons?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton
Bush

Nah --
40 years later, it's all OBAMA's fault!

Lightbearer
Brigham City, UT

Say that there was Someone who could prevent millions of abortions a year without infringing on anyone's free agency merely by wiggling His finger, and yet He refused to do so? Would you "disagree with His policy"? Would you "find it difficult to appreciate" Him? Would you call Him evil, and condemn His inaction, or would you praise and offer excuses for Him?

According to Hope Xchange, "approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. ... some estimate that 40% of all conceptions result in loss." And the March of Dimes states that "as many as half of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage - we don't know the exact number because many may happen before a woman knows she's pregnant."

All of those millions of miscarriages, also called spontaneous abortions (naturally occurring events which have nothing to do with medical or surgical abortions), could be prevented if Someone would only wiggle His finger, but He declines to do so.

Yet where's the disapproval, where's the condemnation, where's the outrage, where's the letter to the editor?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

With all due respect, and without a litany of progeny to support it, I think President Obama is doing fine. You still don't have to get an abortion if you don't want one, and you can serve your church if you want. But, government is not a la carte, and we all pay for things we don't like. And, although we can each have an opinion on the matter, there is at least half the population that is underqualified to make reproductive health decisions for women.

higv
Dietrich, ID

What did fetuses do to deserve death, be conceived at inconvenient time? No one wants to go to war, but there are evil governments and war is sometimes necessary to preserve freedom. If it wasn't for war Hitler would of been much worse.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

War is an abortion on the people. Funded by tax payers.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

Federal law bans paying for abortions with the exceptions of rape, incest, and life of mother.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

Bans federal funding for abortions aside from those exceptions I mean...

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