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Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor 5-6-2012

— The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to kelly@athensnews-courier.com.

 

Service agencies needed

Dear Editor:


I don’t know if local citizens realize how important the Family Resource Center and Crisis Services are to this community. These two organizations do tremendous work for people in need of shelter, protection for abused spouses, both women and men, and many other services.

Why would our (Limestone) County Commission even think of stopping this mission? Maybe they should wear the other shoe for a while.

We need these agencies to help our community, so please voice your opinion.

Sincerely,

Brenda Behel

Athens

Dear Editor:

When the Obama administration’s health care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions.

This has now been proven to be empty rhetoric.

Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the “full range of FDA approved contraception” — in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug ella.

This mandate includes a so-called “religious employer exemption,” yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable organizations serving the public do not qualify. Even an expanded definition of “religious employer” would fail to protect non-religiously affiliated organizations, individuals and even religiously affiliated health insurers whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated.

This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral or religious objections.

I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate.

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