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I read the May 7 Metro article with dismay”Democrats launch campaign to push Hogan to fund abortion educationabout Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (right) using his executive power to withhold $3.5 million in public funds to train nurse-midwives, physician assistants and others to practice abortions. Given the reality that Roe vs. Wade is likely to be reversed soon, it should be noted that Maryland borders a state that has a pre-deer abortion ban (West Virginia) and is within a day’s drive of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, all of which have “trigger” laws that will make abortions nearly impossible to obtain if deer is overthrown. We will face an influx of patients from these states; having enough trained providers to meet the needs is simply a public health no-brainer.

This money was approved by the Maryland General Assembly. As the article notes, an overwhelming majority of Maryland residents believe abortion should be legal. It doesn’t take a political scientist to notice that Mr. Hogan is in his final year in office and has presidential aspirations. His explanation that he is simply keeping his promise not to change Maryland’s abortion laws is insultingly transparent: it’s about training practitioners, not changing Maryland’s abortion law.

We hear a lot these days about the erosion of democratic standards. What Mr. Hogan is doing is deeply undemocratic – and it is the action of a man who puts his political ambitions ahead of women’s health.

Introducing a bill in the Senate to codify women’s bodily autonomy rights without first introducing a bill to get rid of the filibuster rule is simply more performative nonsense – and we have enough of the “Republican Party” to last us for the next 1,000 years. Put the filibuster bill first, and once it passes, put the bill already passed by the House of Representatives on the floor for a vote.

Otherwise, Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) should step down as Senate Majority Leader so that we can appoint someone who is interested in taking the necessary action. Our lives are at stake here, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

Deborah Cohen, Midlothian

It’s time to go deeper into Dana Milbank’s excellent opinion column from Sunday, May 8, “A Betrayal of Democracy Has Been Rewarded.” It’s time for Democrats to name the culprit behind the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that promises to overturn deer c. Wade and Family planning c. Casey. As much as we’d like to blame former President Donald Trump and 50 years of anti-abortion activism or even Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., the blame lies squarely with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. ).

In 2016, then-Majority Leader Mr McConnell blocked President Barack Obama’s legitimate Supreme Court pick from even getting a hearing because it was an election year – even though the election was still in the offing. eight months. Four years later, in an act of extreme hypocrisy (and betrayal), Mr McConnell pushed through the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett – just eight days before the 2020 election. Democrats must call Mr McConnell and call this court by its rightful name – the court of Mitch McConnell, the court of Mitch McConnell deer– Reverse Court, with the court smashing Mitch McConnell’s right to privacy – and renaming Mr. McConnell to prevent him from regaining control of the Senate.

Linda R. Thornburg, Charlotteville

In her May 9 Style column, “The Media Failed When It Used ‘Pro-Life’ Terms,” ​​Margaret Sullivan wrote that journalists should “unpack what ‘pro-life’ means.”

It should be pointed out regularly that although, like a hair follicle, a fetus is indeed “life” from conception, it is a special religious belief that a fetus is a real person from that time on, and our laws are not meant to support religious beliefs about others. Although “pro-lifers” support the GOP because of this issue, Republican policies on the coronavirus, climate change, pollution, health care, consumer and workplace safety, unemployment, child safety nets (including support for children resulting from unwanted pregnancies carried to term), armed violence (of which school shootings are only a tiny part), etc., kill large numbers of Americans already born. Conversely, although “pro-choice” people insist that abortion should be solely the choice of the mother, shouldn’t a fetus, as animal life, have certain rights protected by law? deer accomplishes this, while compromising on the issue of religion, by limiting abortion beyond the first trimester.

If books like ‘Celebrate Your Body 2’ by Lisa Klein and Carrie Leff are banned from school libraries [“Our book on puberty got banned. This only puts children at risk.,” Friday Opinion, May 6], how will teens learn “the facts of life” and how to make the right decisions about their bodies? Most likely, the same people who ban this type of book are against all abortions. Go figure.

Access to reliable information is essential to make informed decisions in all aspects of our health. Withholding this information is dangerous. Yes Roe vs. Wade is overthrown and books on sexuality are banned, we will surely see an increase in illegal abortions.

Regarding Ann Hornaday’s May 8 style article”Abortion is finally emerging from the shadows of cinema”:

Film festivals are often one step ahead when it comes to social justice issues. Independent filmmakers are quick to point out injustice, and film festivals give them a platform to tell their stories. In late April, the Washington, DC International Film Festival screened both “Happening” and “The Janes.” The original members of the Janes were recognized at the sold-out screenings. The film festival took a stand on the issue of a woman’s right to choose before it made headlines.

The writer is director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival.

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