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Letters: Life, abortion and consequences

Mike Pence, then Indiana's governor and the Republican

Mike Pence, then Indiana's governor and the Republican vice presidential candidate, speaks at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 10, 2016. The new vice president has agreed to speak at the March for Life in Washington on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Credit: AP

If, according to Vice President Mike Pence, life at every stage is a God-given inalienable right, then only God can take away life [“March to end abortion,” News, Jan. 28].

How then does he square this with his support for the death penalty? This is doublespeak. Does he think Americans don’t understand hypocrisy?

Doesn’t it also make sense that to protect life we must also protect health? Women need prenatal care, and children should have the right to grow up healthy. Isn’t it hypocritical, then, that health care and Medi-caid are on the chopping block in Washington?

These inconsistencies are not going unnoticed.

Diane Coddington Port Washington


Opponents of abortion say they fight to give the fetus a voice. As a proponent of free choice, I fight to give the fetus a voice, as well.

If I had the choice to be born to a mother who didn’t want me or didn’t want to care for me, I would choose not to be born.

If I came to life only because the government said I should, then it’s the government that must want me, love me, care for me, support me, educate me and feel my existence has meaning.

Kathleen Young Northport