Letter: Interference is unprincipled



I was elated to hear a particular assertion by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in her official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, and as reported in the Jan. 29 story “McMorris Rodgers says Obama’s policies make American’s lives harder.” Referring to the Affordable Care Act, she said, “Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s.” This must be very good, though surprising, news to all women who have been increasingly denied access to family-planning services by right-wing government interventionists.

Perhaps the high-ranking McMorris Rodgers was chosen to show politicians at every level of government how immoral it is to interfere with the reproductive wishes of both women and men. Morality aside, perhaps they will also see how short-sighted it is, economically and psychologically, to interfere with women’s health care by denying access to birth control and to abortion.

Erica Kelley