Charisse Tuma-Meiers wrote that the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agree with her organization that "reproductive health care" should be socialized (Letters, Herald, May 27).
Before anyone else jumps on their bandwagon, you need to know what they really mean by "reproductive health care."
In these folks' brave new world," they have decided that the term "reproductive health care" should include not only chemical and surgical abortions but also methods of contraception that, by varying degrees, cause early abortions (IUDs, EC, BCPs, Depo, etc.).
Their version focuses on mopping up after the viral and bacterial chaos caused by hoodwinking a couple of generations into thinking that widespread out-of-wedlock sex is inevitable and the norm.
This is what all the hoopla about "safe sex" and "getting tested," and Gardasil is about. Even Pap smears are essential because of HPV.
In the Roe v. Wade decision, Justice Blackmun rationalized that since there was no consensus on the personhood of the unborn, women could go ahead and kill whatever it was inside them - right up until birth.
Even though a majority of Americans are now pro-life, those who view embryos as a mass of cells (and fetuses as not really young human beings, but "potential life") are determined to get the rest of us to keep on financing their deadly zeitgeist.
Taxpayers already give Planned Parenthood more than $300 million per year.
Now the Obama administration wants to increase this and is moving (at the insistence of ACOG and HHS bureaucrats) to remove "conscience regulations" that currently protect health-care workers' rights to refuse to participate in this nightmare.
In Durango, if these regulations were enforced, San Juan Basin Health could no longer require employees to be "comfortable with" referring clients to Planned Parenthood for abortions.
Mercy Regional Medical Center might find the guts to declare that privileging Dr. Richard Grossman (Planned Parenthood's physician) was cooperating too closely with evil.
Kiss these freedoms goodbye if you socialize medicine without conscience protections.
Michaela Dasteel, Durango