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It’s Easter Sunday afternoon, and all is quieter in my quiet mountain town. The eggs have been dyed, hidden, found – most of them, your lawnmower will find the rest – and eaten. Spring has sprung and the birdies are singing. Yay.

I am doubly glad this particular “40 days” are over. The level of intractability in the conservative party is truly frightening to someone who hasn’t developed the same level of inviolate self-assuredness as those who know what is best for all of us seem to enjoy.

For example, I know that if I have a medical condition, I need full disclosure from my doctor to decide my course going forward. But conservatives in three states – Kansas, Arizona and Oklahoma – have all passed laws permitting doctors to lie or withhold information about fetal abnormalities or risk factors to the parents, if they feel doing so would prevent an abortion.

No harm, no foul. Except to the families those doctors lied to in order to promote their personal agendas, that is.

In Texas last month, the governor signed a bill that denied state Medicaid funds to patients who receive their woman’s care from a provider of abortion services, even if that office doesn’t perform the service. In other words, that’s Planned Parenthood. (Most chapters nationwide don’t actually do the procedure; they refer the patient to others.)

Federal monies fund that Women’s Health Care program, and federal regulations require that a patient shall choose their own doctor, not the government. Texas is violating the rights of 130,000 of its women, so it’s illegal for the feds to give those funds to Texas. As a result, all program recipients in Texas lose the care that maintains them, through no fault of their own.

I have a question for all the morally certain out there, working to take down a valuable national health care provider: When you’re done abolishing everything they do because you don’t like one thing, what will you leave for the rest of us to get by with? Lying doctors and short-sighted legislators don’t reassure me that this group is offering anything helpful.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

Craig Chisesi had better review the letters I wrote regarding the hypocritical stance of the left in regards to comments made by Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh.

He may also want to research all my letters, because his insinuation that I have written letters regarding anyone’s birth certificate is false.

If Mr. Chisesi would have fully read the letters I have written regarding comments from Maher and Limbaugh, he would see that not in one instance did I ever say that Limbaugh’s comments were excusable. That is at best a misstatement that the Post Independent gladly printed. Mr. Chisesi would also see that I have never written a letter regarding Obama’s birth certificate.

Second, if Mr. Chisesi had done a little research on something other than liberal websites, he would have found out that Ms. Fluke is a self-described political activist. She has said she is a “professional pro-choice activist.” She has also posted online that she belongs to the Georgetown Democrats, Woman’s Legal Alliance, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Women in Public Policy, as well as many other political action organizations.

Ms. Fluke also stated that “prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate.” In one of her first interviews, she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy.

When someone says they are a political activist, is it wrong to say the same thing? Anyone without blinders on can see that this isn’t the resume of an ordinary private citizen.

Third, in regards to the editor at the Post, I find it very hypocritical of her to make it a point to call and e-mail me whenever I submit a letter that she thinks is not representing the facts of another letter writer or asking for documentation of my claims and then on the other hand she gladly prints letters from Mr. Chisesi that have absolutely no basis and contain false statements.

Doug Meyers

Glenwood Springs

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