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Democrats more pro life than many people may be aware of

We Democrats are sometimes taunted as not being pro life. Well, I believe many may not be aware of how pro life Democrats are. For example, we not only want that baby to live, we want that baby to be in a secure and loving environment, in a healthy environment with financial stability to have affordable housing and sustainable nutrition to grow strong and fulfill their dreams, to be able to breathe clean air, drink clean water.

Do you desire this as well for this little baby?

We as Democrats are constantly trying to pass bills that would ensure these precepts but are continually being thwarted by our opponents voting against life-giving measures. It should be noted that Indiana ranks amongst the highest in the U.S. for infant morality, death of babies before their first birthday; this is 20% higher than the nation’s average. This is not acceptable.

Our pro-life stance also respects the women’s life and her well-being, as she bears the conditions of pregnancy. Again, we find that the state of Indiana has the third highest rate of maternal death in the country, only to be topped by Louisiana and Georgia.

This, too, is unacceptable.

Maybe here is a good time to note that the state of Indiana has been controlled by the Republicans for the last 22 years, and I’m sure most Republicans are unaware of the downward slide our state has taken when it comes to life.

Our pro-life stance doesn’t stop here.

We believe that every life is precious, don’t you? That’s why we believe that those who deal with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and the list goes on deserve to have the care and necessary treatments to help them deal with such devastating conditions, because their life is precious.

So, we as Democrats promote affordable health care.

We also believe that everyone has the right to go to school, to their churches, go grocery shopping, go to their malls, to concerts, etc., without the fear of losing their life through gun violence. That’s why we believe in a reasonable, well-thought-out standard that ensures amendment rights and the right to life are preserved.

There are more pro-life issues that we hold true and close to our hearts, but, if we can’t agree with these statements, the question begs to be asked, “Who really is pro life?”

Perhaps, if we both embrace these beliefs, then maybe there’s not the differences that we have been led to believe. There is hope with understanding and listening to one another that civility can once again be our norm as a community and as a nation.

Sandy Gettelfinger | Corydon, Ind.

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