Is this compassion?

August 29, 2013 

In "Worth in conservative values?," letter writer Irene Allred also claimed conservative compassion consisted of "forcing women and girls to bear unwanted children," "obstructing" and "under-funding" services for woman and children abused. She stated these claims "sure look and feel like misogyny and lack of compassion."

Constitutionally, police power is reserved to the states, and states have laws to protect all citizens from crime, including violence against women. The battle against domestic violence is thus waged and paid for, primarily, at the state and local levels. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is overreaching.

Science has confirmed that the beginning of any one human life, biologically speaking, begins at the completion of the union of the father's sperm and the mother's ovum, a process called conception, fertilization or fecundation. This being, from fertilization, is alive, human, sexed, complete and growing, thus, when does it have rights?

In liberal Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Kermit Baron Gosnell for decades was allowed to perform abortions without obstetrician-gynecologist training. The state, over that time, inspected his clinic just three times. Each time, deficiencies were found, including no nurses overseeing the recovery room, missing lab work, no obstetrician-gynecologist on staff, and out-of-date medication. Yet each time, state evaluators reapproved the clinic without requiring or verifying corrective actions. Is this liberal compassion for woman?

Gosnell took a scissors and severed the spinal cords on the back of the necks of "unwanted children" delivered. Does this look and feel like misopedia and lack of compassion?

Russell C. Fette Collinsville