On Aug. 14, Newsday ran an excellent op-ed on the issues dividing members of our two political parties .

Abortion wasn't mentioned at all, however. There are nearly 70 million members of the Catholic Church in this country, and in the past a large majority were Democrats. Recently, however, increasing numbers have become Republican, and abortion has to be one of the reasons. According to the polls, Catholics are divided about equally between pro-life and pro-choice positions. Some pro-life Catholics have found a home in the Republican Party.

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But what about the other pro-life Democrats -- Catholic and otherwise -- who object to the rest of the Republican agenda? On the one hand, they'll probably have the option of voting for Hillary Clinton, who supports abortion rights and is a friend of Planned Parenthood. On the other hand, if pro-life Democrats vote Republican, it could also be a vote, for example, against Obamacare or to further cut the taxes of the superrich.

So on Election Day, pro-life Democrats may select a third option. They may simply remain at home.

James E. Stubenrauch, Massapequa