In “GOP hopefuls must look past social issues” [Letters, Jan. 22], a reader writes, “When I talk to some Republican voters, I’m struck by their dogmatic adherence to vote on a single issue, such as abortion rights . . . These issues ultimately don’t affect them because no one is making them get an abortion.”

In the 1860s, white Yankees fought and died in a war to end slavery. How perplexing — no one was enslaving them. In Nazi Germany, gentiles died to stop state-sponsored genocide. How puzzling — no one was hauling them off to gas chambers.

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With abortion, the most basic human right is being denied to society’s most vulnerable humans. It shouldn’t be hard to understand that for many people, such a travesty of justice must be of paramount concern.

M. Celeste Cole, Manhasset