|By Joanne Marie Roll (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, October 24, 2004 - 3:39 pm: Edit Post|
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Date: 10/24/2004 10:17:36 AM Mountain Daylight Time
I am a Pro-life RPCV supporting John Kerry for President because I think his rational approach to life issues will save lifes, born and unborn. I support a Human Life Amendment; but I know that for the ten years which the Republicans have controlled the House Judiciary Committee (and the House) and the two years they have also controlled the Senate, they have steadfastly refused to hold hearings on the Human Life Amendment. Republicans who mistake my Pro Life position for suppport for their party, have painstakingly explained to me that the real cause is the triumph of the Republicans and to that end, no Republican elected official will, in any way, be asked to vote "up or down" on the abortion issue. There is a sham strategy of bogus legislation which does not address the core life issue: How do we support pregnant women so that they can nurture their unborn children.
Specifically, the so-called "gag rule" and defunding of international family planning agencies has had, I believe, a profound negative impact on the lives of woman, their children, born and unborn, and their families. Those of us who have worked in Health Education programs in the Third World, know how desperately women want to control their fertility in order to better help their families. Non-abortive measures help to accomplish this aim; but, the Bush administrative has crippled that effort.
Those of us who have worked in health programs in the Third World know how the lack of adequate energy sources to property sterilize medical instruments and the accompanying almost universal use of "dirty needles" in clinic/hospital settings created a "vector" for the spread of blood borne diseases, chiefly HIV. The use of condoms is essential to help prevent the spread of this disease through sexual contact and to help HIV mothers not conceive children whom may carry the virus. Any kind of barrier to condom distribution is life threatening and unspeakably cruel.
I urge the election of Kerry for these reasons.
JMRoll Colombia 63-65