Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Letter to Tim Bishop (D-NY) Concerning the Life Issue
February 24, 2010
Dear Mr. Christie,
Thank you for expressing you views regarding abortion. It is important for me to have the benefit of your views, and I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.
I recognize the deep feelings that accompany views on both sides of the abortion debate. As a practicing Catholic, a husband, and a father, I have spent years thinking about the issue and respect the diverse opinions Americans hold on this issue.
As the Congressional representative for Eastern Long Island, I strongly believe that women in America must have the legal right to choose an abortion, with the advice of their doctors and trusted confidantes. Legislating the outcome of this decision would be an undue intrusion on the rights of women, as well as the confidential relationship between doctor and patient. Furthermore, outlawing the operation will not end the practice of abortion in America , but rather force it underground and expose women to unacceptable health risks.
I share the concerns of many of my constituents regarding late-term abortions, and have said that I would support a ban on late-term abortions if it includes an exception that encompasses the life and the health of the mother. Public laws should not attempt to overrule a doctor's professional judgment on crucial medical decisions regarding a patient's health.
I must balance a broad range of opinions when considering legislation that will affect the lives of millions across America . Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as legislation that affects abortion policy is considered in the House of Representatives in the 111th Congress.
Thank you again for sharing your views. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. For more information and to find out about other important issues that I am working on in Congress, I encourage you to visit my website at www.timbishop.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter.
Member of Congress
So, I wrote to Congressman Bishop again:
Dear Mr. Bishop,
It is hypocritical to say you are a "practicing Catholic" and also be pro-abortion. As a practicing Catholic, you should be doing all you are able to do in your position of political power to secure human rights for the unborn, since all Catholics are called to seek social justice.
I am happy that you say you would support a ban on late-term abortion. As a woman, I do not feel threatened by the idea of giving rights to the unborn. As it stands, a person can get an abortion for any reason at all. This is clearly wrong!! The unborn should have some protection under the law. It should not be an easy thing to do in cases where women and men feel the pregnancy is inconvenient.
Mrs. Loren Christie
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