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This is why conservatives want to de-fund Planned Parenthood

War on women? Hardly. Conservatives have good reason to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

Having read The Sun's recent editorial on the "GOP's never-ending war on women" (August 5), what I really glean The Sun's never ending war on Republicans in general and conservatives in particular. The editorial attempts to connect the pro-life movement's opposition to funding Planned Parenthood with a GOP-led "war on women." While such talking points may be right out of the liberal Democratic Party's playbook, the readers of The Sun deserve a better and more honest analysis of opposition to federal funding of abortion as a whole and specifically Planned Parenthood.

Whether the videos of the Planned Parenthood officials were "surreptitiously" recorded or not is beside the point. What is relevant is that they are an accurate window into the world of the apparent buying and selling of body parts by an organization that cloak's itself in "women's health" issues all the while ignoring the devastating impact both psychologically and physically that abortion renders upon women both in the short term and for years down the road. Unlike The Sun's editors, I don't think that any reasonable person hears the words "heart" and "lungs" and thinks "potential person." Hearts and lungs come from people and not "potential" people. Have we become such a self-centered society that some perceived potential benefit from farming these organs from aborted humans makes it acceptable? If so it doesn't speak well of humanity that we can be so depraved that it will allow such harvesting.

Conservatives oppose abortion because we believe that life begins at conception and not at some arbitrary future date decided by a majority of nine unelected justices in Washington. We believe it is both morally and ethically wrong. Conservatives believe Planned Parenthood should be defunded because it is a de facto political action committee whose receipt of federal funds allows it to support pro-abortion candidates who in return guarantee the continued funding of an organization that performs some 300,000 abortions per year, by The Sun's own statistics. It is both disingenuous and intellectually dishonest to label conservative opposition to Planned Parenthood in terms of a "war on women."

Robert A. Brocato, Towson

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