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Barr: Does vice president nominee represent Republicans?

Rhoda Barr, Breckenridge

A recent writer says that Rep. Todd Akin does not speak for the Republican Party. If the truly party disavows Akin’s scientifically unsupportable theory, when are they going to remove him from the House Science Committee?

Let’s look at what the Republican Party does, rather than what one member says. Rep. Akin cosponsored HR 3, which would have changed the exception for rape in abortion funding to an exception for “forcible rape.” His co-sponsors included vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and 171 other house Republicans. Can’t we conclude that 173 house members, including the party’s vice presidential nominee, represent the views of the party? The writer says she supports the Republican Party because of their fiscal positions, but this is how the Republicans spent their time. Their real priorities are clear.

Another writer questions whether the Right to Life Committee’s estimate of around 55 million abortions since 1973 in accurate. I looked it up. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, on the other side of the political spectrum, estimates 50 million. So they’re both in the same ball park. That’s an average of about 1.25 million per year. Prior to Roe v. Wade, there were approximately 750,000 illegal abortions per year. Considering the population increase since then, the number of abortions has not increased all that much. They’ve just become legal and safe, so no woman has to risk her life or fertility with an illegal abortion. So, what can be done to reduce the number of abortions? The most effective way is to make safe, affordable, effective contraception available to every woman who wants it. Oh wait, Obama gave us that in the Affordable Care Act.

Rhoda Barr, Breckenridge