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No Federally Funded Abortions

RECEIVED Fri., July 26, 2013

Dear Editor,
    How ironic that the letter you printed in the July 26 issue pointing out errors would have such a gross misstatement of fact [“Lives at Stake,” Postmarks]. There are no taxpayer subsidies of abortion in the U.S. In fact, the Hyde amendment of 1976 banned federal Medicaid coverage of abortion. There are now exceptions for cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the mother is endangered. Low-income women are most affected by this law. For those who would object to any taxpayer money funding abortion, might I point out that our taxpayer dollars are going to fund wars that not everybody agrees with. I hope I'm not the only reader to point out the inaccuracies in that letter. Yes, let's have an accurate discussion on abortion. Please stop printing letters stating that there are taxpayer subsidies for abortion, when that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Elizabeth Gray

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