Don't preach about Planned Parenthood

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2005

In a recent Empire, Ms. Joan Heidersdorf writes that "we" don't need Planned Parenthood, that Planned Parenthood "targets" teenagers, that all abortion kills babies.

By "we" not needing Planned Parenthood, she means "she" doesn't want it and believes that her extreme moralistic views should be imposed on everyone. But Ms. Heidersdorf doesn't have the saintly status of playing god to the rest of Juneau.

Planned Parenthood doesn't "target" teenagers; Planned Parenthood tries to help young women who would otherwise be subjected to the my-way-or-the-highway brainwashing by the religious right.

Not all abortion kills babies; it kills embryos. When Ms. Heidersdorf stops indirectly killing animals so she can eat meat (and abstains from killing all other forms of life made by her creator, meaning plants and bugs), when she adopts every orphaned cat, dog and baby she can, and when she starts voting against politicians who support human war in any form, then perhaps she'll be on the first step toward the kind of sainthood that gives her the right to preach to the rest of us.

David Mallet


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