This is in response to the Rev. Dan Brandt’s letter to the editor (Press & Dakotan, Dec. 4):

You stated, “Thou shalt not lie, kill or steal.” How do you reconcile the fact that most (if not all) of the Democratic candidates believe in a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion? How is abortion not killing?

This is the reason Mr. Trump received my vote and why he will receive my vote again. I would prefer that President Trump tone down his rhetoric, but I will not bend on the abortion issue.

If you haven’t seen the movie, “Unplanned,” I highly recommend it. How about an alternative to abortion: ADOPTION! Unfortunately, adoption does not bring in the money that abortion does.

(17) comments

Tena T.

I read you letter with grain of salt. So you might want to consider that freedom of choice is not saying we agree with abortion. Simply it is between a woman and her Dr. And if you want to be biblical lets remember the other 10 commandments as well. Thou shalt not steal, what about all of the theft done by Trump University, his charity and his illicit dealings with his casino's. What thou shalt not tell false hoods about thy neighbors where do you even start with that? Lets start with his lies about Obama and end with the latest that it was really the Ukraine that interfered with the 2016 election and the other 10,000 lies in between. What about the way he talks about women do I need to remind you about the infamous Hollywood access tape and his history. He has allowed big business to poison our land and water, he gave tax cuts to the billionaire wealthy and takes food stamps away from the poor. What do you say to your children what sin is greater? You might want to remember some one always pays in the end and it won't be the wealthy it will be you and I with more people using medical facilities who have no insurance thanks to Trump and who do you think will pay for the care of drug babies who foster and adoptive parents don't want? At least I stand up for all the commandments before you you quote scripture.

Justthinking

And you, rather kill women in painful, bloody back alley butcheries. The abortions won’t stop, the rich will fly to a more civilized country. as they did before. The poor will die from self inflicted clothes hangers or back alley butcheries, as they did before.

It’s people like you who want to kill women in an agonizing way.

MidwestLife

This way of thinking is ridiculous, do you then think that drugs should be legalized? That way people don't do back alley drug deals! Or maybe legalize murder, that way the murderer doesn't get hurt when the police are trying to protect the victim. If a woman makes the stupid decision to have a 'back alley butcher' perform an abortion then I would say that she then suffers the consequences.

Justthinking

SAN SALVADOR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - El Salvador's ban on abortion is driving hundreds of girls who become pregnant after being raped to commit suicide every year because they see no other option, a government official said.

Teenage pregnancy is one of the leading causes of suicide in the Central American country of 6 million people. Three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under 19, latest government figures show.

bjs12258

Please tell me Vicki - in what way does abortion bring in money? To whom? In your mind, who is benefitting from it? Compared to adoption, abortion is ridiculously cheap. But you wouldn't know that because it's likely you haven't done any research whatsoever - you just spout off what you hear others say and take it for fact. No one is forcing anyone to have an abortion - we are just saying a woman should have a choice. What she decides is between her, her doctor and her God, And No, the baby does not get a choice. Do you want to know why? Because most abortions are done in the first trimester and the "baby" is not a baby - it's a lump of flesh that kind of looks like an overgrown tadpole. How do I know? Because I had a miscarriage in my home and was able to see what came out of me - and I'm here to tell you, it's not a cute little baby with tiny arms and legs...it's just a lump and no, it doesn't have any rights.

MidwestLife

You know what's even cheaper??? Abstinence or birth control!!

Jsvs

I’m sorry for your loss. I believe life begins at conception. If it were not a living thing, it would not grow into the baby it becomes to be born. The abortion doctors and clinics are the ones making the money. In the movie, Unplanned, the people at the abortion clinic wanted to perform abortions up to the third trimester. That’s when the lady who supported Planned Parenthood initially said No More and then began her fight against Planned Parenthood.

Kate70

BJS.... go read the financial statement/summary written BY Planned Parenthood in which they outline their services and income from each. Abortion is astronomical and their main source of income. Then Google private abortion clinics... thousandw of them. I am presuming they charge a pretty penny and the hospitals that allow abortion charge what you cringe at for medical expenses for any surgery and more because of having to get rid of the fetus. Millions upon millions are made from abortions. Also, BJS, while you are doing some research, check out the scientific field and what they have to say about life beginning when the egg is fertilized. If it is NOT A BABY then YOU WERE/ARE NOT PREGNANT. Pregnant means a child is growing in your womb. I, too, had a miscarriage at home. Tiny foot and arm found in the expelled blood and tissue. No it isn't cute but it is a human being. Newborn kittens aren't cute either. And they are full term and allowed to live. Adoption IS a choice. Millions of people are waiting to adopt babies, even those who have congenital defects or lifelong disabilities. There is no reason to have an abortion that kills the child. The child has done no wrong........not that that would make it any less wrong to kill him/her. Why is it that when their is a car wreck and a drunk driver kills a pregnant woman he is also charged with the death of the infant?? How can that be if a child in utero is not a human being? I do not judge anyone who has had an abortion. Most did not know , like you, that it was anything more than a 'lump of flesh that looked like a tadpole". And even if they do know, it is not my place to judge. I am only trying to inform and correct those who would misrepresent the nature of a child in the womb. Again, if it is not a child, then you are not pregnant. I did not mourn losing a lump of flesh.... I mourned deeply the loss of my child.

antiteaparty

I see Kate is an anti-capitalist. She is opposed to businesses making money.

MidwestLife

Vicki, I completely agree with you.

La Voz

Very good Vicki!! I've often wondered how Democrats justified the killing of the most innocent. It's a holocaust. You can say you aren't the Hitler ( you'd never have an abortion) but when you vote for those that keep it going you aren't putting a stop to it either. Think about it. Dehumanizing a certain population among us . Whee have we seen that before?

antiteaparty

I think we should have abortion clinics on every corner in every town across the country, kinda like taco trucks! Women should be able to get abortions whenever they want with no questions asked. They should be paid for by taxing churches.

DLJohnson

The more you rant the more I believe that you should abort yourself to spare us all.

antiteaparty

Wooo-eeee, DL! That one was great! I don't know how you come up with such zingers...

bjs12258

I know quite a few women who have had abortions and not one of them paid over $500 - so I'm pretty sure there is not a lot of money being made here, regardless of what your movie says. Adoption is WAY more lucrative with couples paying thousands of dollars on a regular basis. Personally I would never have an abortion but I don't feel it's my place to tell another woman what she can or cannot do. It's not your place either. We don't all practice the same religion nor have the same beliefs...make your decisions for yourself, but do not DARE to try to make decisions for me.

MidwestLife

I don't DARE to make decisions for you, however I WILL dare to stand up for all the babies that are being murdered!! Maybe if some women made better decisions, they wouldn't have to make the decision to have an abortion!!

Kate70

BJS: the movie may or may not say what amt is made; I didn't see it. However, if you check the reports of the CDC you will find that over 3000 abortions are reported per day.... 3,000 human lives since Roe vs Wade per DAY are ended. Now, $500 (obscenely wrong cost if you are quoting any hospital or clinic....are your 'quite a few friends" all getting them at Planned Parenthood? they might be that cheap; it is their top source of revenue) times 3000 = $1,500,000 per DAY. Take that times 365 days a year and add in 30 plus YEARS and you are talking big money. As for DARING anyone to tell a woman what she can or cannot do?....... can't tell her not to rob a bank? can't tell her not to cheat anyone out of money? can't tell her not to murder? can't tell her not to forge a check? can't tell her not to beat her "outside the womb" child? Oh, you were talking about to her body??!? Well then don't anyone dare tell your female children or wives not to commit suicide.... or don't tell them not to cut themselves on purpose... or don't tell them they can't drive while intoxicated... or tell them they can't have surgery if they are on certain drugs or haven't refrained from eating... or don't tell them they can't be anorexic or bulimic without risking commitment involuntarily to rehab... People DARE every single day. If you are pregnant there is a baby in your womb.... that baby is NOT YOUR BODY, it is the baby's body. There is an article out there signed by obstetricians and surgeons who say there truly is never a reason to abort a baby. Even if the mother's life is in danger a dr has pledged to 'do no harm' so he/she works as best he/she can to save the mother AND the child. It may not be possible, but they CAN try. Again, it is not my place to judge another person. That is between them and God.

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