In light of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), I recently sent e-mails to Senators Mikulski and Cardin, and Rep. Ruppersberger. I expressed my dismay over the fact that FOCA would take away freedom of choice for doctors and hospitals. To date, I have received a reply from Senator Cardin. I thought I should share his pro-choice response.
Sen. Cardin responded: “The topic of abortion is a highly sensitive, emotional one. Without a doubt, the legal status of abortion is one of the most divisive and controversial matters facing our nation and one which I have given serious consideration. While others may not share my opinions about abortion, I respect their right to disagree.
“I oppose efforts to limit reproductive freedom because I believe they constitute unwarranted attempts by Congress to interfere in medical decisions that should be left to doctors and their patients. However, I look forward to working with my colleagues to find ways to reduce the number of abortions.
“I appreciate your letting me know your opinion on this issue. If I can be of any further assistance with this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
As for his assistance, I have written to inform him that he will no longer get my vote or support in any future elections. I hope others feel the same and will contact his office expressing their outrage.
The writer is a parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation, Rosedale.