Letter: If gun deaths are bad, so are abortions

Letter: If gun deaths are bad, so are abortions

Buy Now A recent headline in the Jan. 23 edition of the Providence Journal titled, “RI to pull pension funds from gun makers, private prisons,” by Katherine Gregg, reports that General Treasurer Seth Magaziner plans to stop any residual investments the state has in gun makers, and specifically those that manufacture “assault-style weapons for civilian use.” In the same edition on page A6 a headline titled ”Bills would expand insurance coverage for abortion,” by Providence Journal reporter Patrick Anderson, tells us how an advocacy group is pushing legislation to provide state money to pay the costs for state employees’ health insurance and Medicaid. The two columns are a curious contradiction. On one hand, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner doesn’t want state funds invested in manufacturers that make guns, specifically assualt weapons, that are used in mass shootings that kill innocent people. On the other hand, others are lobbying for state money to pay for insurance to cover the cost of abortions that take the life of an unborn baby. In some circumstances an abortion may go further than that. Rhode Island’s latest abortion law, under certain circumstances, permits abortions up to and including 40 weeks of pregnancy, with a doctor’s permission. Notwithstanding the doctor’s oversight, many anti-abortion organizations and several different church groups are protesting, claiming that the law is tantamount to permitting infanticide. The latest online statistics from the Rhode Island Department of Health reveal that in 2017 there were approximately 2,000 abortions performed in Rhode Island. This number […]

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