The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 30, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-30 | Pregnancy by rape: Put focus where it belongs

Submitted by Readers

— I am aghast at opinions voiced recently from far-right politicians concerning what should be done about women who are impregnated by rape or incest.

These politicians insist that the woman must carry the pregnancy to term. At the moment of conception, she is seen to be carrying a full-fledged person, endowed with more rights than she.

And, of course, all of the responsibility for the child – financial and otherwise    – falls squarely on the mother.

If it is so very important that every pregnancy result in a live birth, and if they grouse subsequently about taxpayers’ having to foot the bill for the offspring, then ...

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Why in the world don’t they go after the fathers?

They should be busy drafting bills that would force fathers to live up to their financial responsibilities. Let fathers pay the hospital and doctor bills. Let them pay full child support until the child is 18. Let them foot the bill for college or trade school. But – and this is vital – keep them away from the child and the woman they defiled.

If they fail to comply, off to jail they go. Rape is, after all, a crime.

Oh, wait, what am I thinking? Men get a free pass. Why all the fuss about a little rape and incest? Boys will be boys.

There for a minute, I forgot.

Pardon me while I smack my 100 percent pro-choice, pro-women’s rights forehead and rejoin my fellow senior citizens. You know, the 47 percenters.

Nancy Coleman


In the end, it’s God’s laws that matter

If you don’t like religious letters, go no further. God is my first priority, my country is next.

I can’t understand how a person can be against abortion, but says a woman should have freedom of choice. If that is the case, her choice should be to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

I guess these people don’t believe in pornography, either, but it’s OK if someone chooses to film young children in forced sex acts. Maybe your spouse chooses to have an affair, but that’s OK because that’s their choice.

We all have free will to do right or wrong. When do we start following God’s laws? Aren’t you worried about answering for your actions?

My adult children know exactly where I stand when it comes to their actions, as they have since they were little. I will always love them, but I will not condone bad choices.

I will continue to let them know when they are wrong according to God’s laws, because trying to please him is my first priority.

Yes, I am a human being and a sinner, but I will not have the sin of omission on my soul when I see something wrong and say nothing.

Patricia Kelly

St. Benedict

On Election Day, vote your conscience

We’ve recently had letters about separation of church and state, and also on pro-life issues. I’d like to comment on them.

Many people look to and respect their church’s teachings on moral issues. Why, at election time, should our priests, ministers or rabbis have to clam up? It is their jobs to guide their faithful to be good, moral citizens.

Voting is not only a right and privilege, it is a moral responsibility to cast an educated vote.

I’m not advocating personnel endorsements from the pulpit. I’m advocating a clear explanation of moral issues.

We’ve also had attempts to “muddy the waters” on pro-life issues by tying in all sorts of other issues. To be pro-life, one must first and foremost be against abortion. While other issues may deserve consideration, none is more important than life. Without life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness fail to matter.

Politicians often try to justify support for abortion with this tired, old line: I’m personally opposed but won’t impose my beliefs, etc.

They never hesitate to impose their beliefs elsewhere.

Imagine a candidate who is personally opposed to rape, or robbery, who doesn’t want to impose his belief on others. I could come up with arguments to support almost any crime, if I wanted to.

Be loyal to your conscience and not necessarily your party on Election Day.

Patrick F. Mulcahy


Right-to-choose analogy: The flip side

In response to “Pro-choice means you make decisions,” from A. Lee Fenimore on Oct. 26:

She says the president “is for a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, without government involvement.”

I guess if that is what she and the president believe, then she and the president also believe in prostitution, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and selling body organs. After all, if it is a woman’s body and you truly believe she can do what she wants with it, you have to believe she can do these things as well.

Just remember that these other things do not involve doing away with another life form.

Also, I would ask: At what age does the “woman” have the right to make these decisions? Age 18, 15, 10, 5?

I hope that my daughter and granddaughters never live to see our country where these things are acceptable.

Phil Scott


Coal, oil and natural gas working for America                                                Wind power, solar power and other “green” energies are not working for us. 

Renewable energy, in theory, is great, but not performing well, and it’s not a job creator, as President Obama would claim.

Coal-fired electric plants are tried and true and employ many. Oil and natural gas are abundant, but Obama doesn’t care for us. He doesn’t utilize these fuels to the fullest. 

It’s his attitude that, it’s his way or the highway. The squeeze he uses is totally out of bounds for our country’s economical survival.

Obama has no real plan to put our people back to work. He punishes our small-business owners by taxing them to death and eliminating the Bush tax cuts for them. That will ensure even less job creation. We surely will suffer if he returns for four more miserable years.

Who could trust a leader that would lie to us about a terror attack as in Benghazi, Libya? Why would this administration remove two Special Forces units assigned to Ambassador Christopher Stevens in August, three weeks before the attack, leaving only three contractors for protection?

Obama doesn’t champion America by feeding his celebrity on nighttime talk shows.

We definitely can do better than the vice president we have, too.

Vote Romney/Ryan on Nov. 6.

It really is America or Obama.

David W. Lamison

Upper Yoder Township

A once-great nation devoid of morals

Our nation is 236 years old. At its inception, it was richly blessed by almighty God. We have more natural resources than any other country in the world. We have rich land. Most innovations the world has seen through the centuries have originated from the brilliant minds of people in the United States.

We have been the protector of the innocent worldwide. America has never gone to war to dominate another land, but only to liberate their peoples from tyranny, much like we liberated ourselves from England during the Revolutionary War.

Unfortunately, in the past 50 years, we have rejected this very God who has given us so much.

In 1962, the U.S. courts took God out of our schools and called it separation of church and state.

In the 1960s, we had the sexual revolution, where we humans decided what to do with our own bodies. This was also a revolution of the authority of parents and the rule of law in general.

In 1973, our nation lost its respect for life and legalized infanticide, or what is commonly known as abortion. The Supreme Court’s feeble argument was that it denied a woman’s right to choose, which means a woman – not God – chooses whether a baby lives or dies.

As a result of all of these, we have the country we see today.

Brooke Forcellini

Nanty Glo


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