Letter: Why won't Bustos answer tough question on abortion?

Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 12:00 am
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Being legal doesn't make it right.

The list of abhorrent conduct human beings have engaged in throughout history is endless: slavery, segregation, genocide. These things were clearly not right, yet at one point in time they were legal.

Right now in the U.S. an abortion is legal up until the moment of birth. That's right. Even after a full nine months in the womb, abortion is legal, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is fighting to protect that legality.

Recently the Sauk Valley News asked Bustos why she supported abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy. She didn't answer the question.

Last year Cheri Bustos had the chance to vote to protect the lives of unborn children after 20 weeks in the womb. She voted against that bipartisan bill, ensuring that abortion stays legal up to the moment of birth.

I honestly wonder how Rep. Bustos can live with herself knowing that she supports the termination of innocent human life through the ninth month of pregnancy, despite medical evidence that proves babies are very much alive and capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks in the womb.

Instead of deflecting the issue, answer the question, Cheri. Why do you support abortion up to the moment of birth?

Janice Toomey,


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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