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For anyone who thought we were temporarily free from highly charged campaign polemics, the guest opinion of Stacey Anderson in the May 10 Gazette was a wake-up call. It is filled with obfuscation and misrepresentation.

First obfuscation: The principal business and source of income of Planned Parenthood is abortion. Yet Anderson hardly mentions the term. Instead, the term "family planning" is trotted out. What exactly does she mean by that term? Somehow, I doubt that it only means explaining to women how to either get or not get pregnant.

Second, misrepresentation: She claims for Planned Parenthood the position of being pro-family and her opponents as being anti-family. How is the death of an unborn child pro-family? How is saving the life of an unborn child anti-family? How is requiring young girls, who are not yet of age to vote or act as an adult, to consult parents regarding the momentous decision of an abortion anti-family? Are we really to believe that the many women who oppose abortion are anti-women?

Planned Parenthood seeks to preserve abortion in all cases and at every stage of an unborn infant's development. According to the Guttmacher Institute, that amounts to about 1,200,00 deaths of unborn babies each year. Of that number, Planned Parenthood provides a substantial portion. Her letter gives evidence that they will misuse the English language in support of their political allies to preserve the status quo.

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Bruce B. Ellis

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