It is sad, though not unexpected, to see the lies and distortion that the pro-abortion community is using to oppose the Stupak amendment. Here are just three examples that have appeared in the Post-Gazette in recent weeks:
1. "This Modern World" cartoon (Nov. 21) claims that the health-care bill would restrict abortion rights. This is false; the Stupak amendment only prevents federal dollars from paying for abortion. That makes perfect sense, given that the majority of the population opposes abortion on demand.
2) "This Modern World" also claims that the rights of half the population are compromised. I wasn't aware that half of the country consisted of abortionists.
3) Liane Ellison Norman ("Randy Congressmen Should Consider Their Actions," Nov. 16 letter) claims that the Stupak amendment is based on "contempt for women." This is an odd claim, given that one of our most prominent local supporters was Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper and that the most vocal pro-abortion politicians have tended to be men.
I, like many others, am proud of Rep. Dahlkemper, Rep. Mike Doyle and other Democrats who refused to compromise on pro-life issues while pushing for health-care reform.