Saturday, April 30, 2011


This is a letter I just sent to Governor Mitch Daniels via his campaign website. I am not at all hopeful that it will have any effect on his intent to sign the bill blocking funding for Planned Parenthood. It is highly unlikely that he, or anyone will read it, let alone respond to it beyond perhaps some form letter that they send to all "kooks" who are not going to vote for their candidate or support their agenda, but take the time to send them letters.

I am extremely disappointed in your intent to sign the bill withholding funds from Planned Parenthood. I am a liberal and most often vote the Democratic ticket. Yet, last time around, I chose to vote for you as I felt you are a clearly intelligent man who I felt was at least to some degree above politics as usual. I have voted for Senator Richard Lugar for the same reason.

I assumed - or at least hoped - that you would understand how devastating the effect of this bill will be to women who count on Planned Parenthood for their health care. Planned Parenthood does NOT perform abortions. They only act in an advisory capacity and provide referals to medical professionals who will, if it is deemed the best option, perform an abortion. This service represents a very small portion of Planned Parenthood's services and their mission.

However, it appears that you have chosen to take the road most traveled. Political expediency has won the day over intelligence and fairness. A veto of this bill would have sent the wrong message to tea partiers and social conservatives from whom you expect and need support should you ultimately declare your candidacy for the Presidency.

I doubt that anyone in your campaign will allow you to even read this letter, let alone respond to it. But, if I am wrong on that count, I rather hope that it at least crosses your mind as you put pen to paper in taking another step in destroying 80 years of social progress in this country.

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