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I am pro-life. I have two adopted children–one is a medical needs child.  I give thanks every day for the courage and sacrifice of my children’s birth-mothers. One mother carried her child surrounded by a strong support system; one left her Christian home to bear her child in silence, shame, fear and depression without early and adequate medical care. 

I am pro-woman. I know the urgency of prenatal and neonatal care, nutrition and mental support systems for pregnant women. The United States has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate among developed nations and the mortality rate is rising. The U.S. has almost twice as many infant deaths as other OECD (Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. We rank 33 out of 37 OECD countries in live births. 

I am pro-child; 25% of U.S. children live in a single parent household. Of those, 30% live in poverty. A live child needs a nurturing support structure: a public education system that meets the needs of every child; proper food and housing; an economic system that provides a parent a living wage; and a childcare program that gives a mother the option to keep and support her child. 

The current realities are unacceptable.  As every mother knows, the commitment to life is about more than the moment of birth. For those of us who are truly pro-life,  we need to fight for a government that gives a woman a true option to have, support, and raise a healthy child. We need to fight for affordable and accessible healthcare, quality public education, a fair living wage, and decent housing options.

I am pro-life, pro-woman, and pro-child, therefore, I am voting for the Democratic ticket  this year.

Laurie Morissette

Heathsville, Virginia

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Grammy1357

Ms. Silence Dogood, it is you who are twisting what pro-life means. Pro means FOR, not just in the womb, but after the child is born as well. My bumper sticker says it all: "Republican Family Values--Your Rights Begin at Conception and End at Birth."

weouchere

LOL - WHAT???? I don't think it's the Repubs trying to take away rights. Which party is opposing free speech, gun rights, open economy, etc. Apparently you are just as ignorant as Ed1!!

Louf

If you vote Democrat you can never call yourself Pro-life. That is a lie and you are lying to yourself.

Grammy1357

Loaf, did you even READ the letter? The writer is clearly PRO (FOR) all living creatures, not just embryos.

Omarndc72

"I am pro-child; 25% of U.S. children live in a single parent household. Of those, 30% live in poverty"

And who's fault is this? The government? . Here is an idea , if the person is on welfare they shouldn't be having kids period.

Grammy1357

Omarndc, who died and made you king of the world? Get over yourself.

Mg

Sounds like you are pro-abortion too, perhaps being prophylactic would be a better choice for these single parent households

Grammy1357

Mg, if Rethuglicans would allow sex education in schools, perhaps there would be fewer babies born to those who cannot afford them.

cultured2014

we have quality education here in Northern VA, accessible healthcare? do you mean affordable? "living wage" what's that? if you want more money, then get a job that pays you more money. i've found no better area to have and raise children, have many options for health care even in a single parent household. i'm glad you are voting democrat, enjoy your stagnant wages and enjoy a great possibility of being laid off with the poor economy that's bound to occur. this entire letter is junk and i dont believe a word of it.

ed1

Look around you. Every financial crisis in recent memory has been the fault of republicans and cleaned up by democrats. George W left a mess in the middle east and financial crisis.

Thanks to inaction on Covid, we now have a disastrous economy. The market is barely clinging on by it's fingernails. Trusting Trump to fix anything is completely delusional.

weouchere

Good Lord, what planet are you living on? That is one of the dumbest statements I have seen here. You must be a special kind of stupid.

cultured2014

he's not on earth obviously

ed1

Yet you have no evidence to the contrary, just abuse.

Mrs. Silence Dogood

Sad how people twist what being Pro- Life means. Then they say the president lies. Thanks to President Trump’s Protect Life Rule that prohibits Title X family planning funds from going to any clinic that performs on-site abortions — Planned Parenthood announced this year that it is leaving the Title X program barring a court victory.

He has been the most pro-life president I have ever seen and he will get my vote for the first time in November.

Grammy1357

Ed1, well said and right on the money (no pun intended)!

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