Letters to the editor on blood drive, forcing values, abortion

06/29/2013 12:00 AM

06/28/2013 6:50 PM

Stand in the gap by giving blood

Blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out and regular donors are on vacation. This can make the mission of providing lifesaving blood products to our families, friends and neighbors very challenging. We need your help this summer to stand in the gap for those in need.

The American Red Cross is hosting the sixth-annual Red, White & You community blood drive Thursday through July 6 at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Over the past five years at this event, the Wichita community has donated more than 3,600 pints of blood. Because each pint could help save up to three lives, you have potentially helped more than 10,000 patients. That’s incredible.

In addition to helping save lives, presenting blood donors will receive free zoo admission, a T-shirt and coupons for free food items at locations including Chick-fil-A, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, and Pizza Hut (while supplies last). Presenting donors also will be entered in a prize giveaway with a chance to win a $3,000 American Express gift card.

We hope you’ll make blood donation a family tradition. Donors can make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Or just stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday through July 6.

ROBERT ROSWUM

Board chairman

JOSEPH T. PAJOR

Board vice chairman

Central Plains Region

American Red Cross Blood Services

Wichita

Forcing values

Any time traditional moral values are thrown out by an administration or courts, we are told that no one will be forced to change his values. We were told this when abortion was legalized in 1973. Now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to mandate that taxpayers subsidize abortions, birth control and vasectomies through insurance policies.

The same thing happened with gay marriage. In the states where it has been legalized, people were told that no one would have to give up his rights of conscience. Yet there are already lawsuits designed to force people out of business if they will not provide flowers or cakes for gay weddings. The people being sued were glad to do business with homosexual individuals and couples but were not willing to provide services for gay weddings.

There are people who see no problem with traditional Christians and Catholics being forced to violate their consciences. But suppose I own a business that supplied equipment and guides for outdoor vacations. I am approached by a person who takes groups of people on hunting trips and the animals are never eaten. I know that these groups kill hundreds of animals. I am a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Should the courts force me to provide services to this group?

MARILYN HEIN

Wichita

Women need choice

The letter writer doesn’t want any abortion clinics in his nice and neat community (“Enough abortion,” May 31 Letters to the Editor). Instead, abortion would be put back into hiding, so people no longer have to hear about it.

That is the problem, isn’t it? For years abortion was something that was behind the scenes. Unmentionable horrors were done to women, not only by doctors but by our culture, which treated women as if they were Eve and had brought about the first sin.

What about talking to sons about treating young ladies with respect? I do not hear concern about women bringing up their children alone. Would parents be there for their daughter if she decided to keep the child? Would they force her to give up the child to an already overburdened foster-care system? Do they really think women use abortions as birth control?

Enough of blaming a very complicated medical procedure as the problem with our society. Stop viewing a woman as a receptacle for bringing children into the world – a broodmare, someone who has no other use. This is America, where a woman has a choice, and that includes having abortion as an option.

LEIGH ANN STUMBLINGBEAR

Wichita

Bible is clear

Many verses in the Bible make it very clear that life begins at conception. With today’s technology, a sonogram, it is very clear that a fetus in a mother’s womb is a living human being.

Earlier this year, President Obama became the first sitting president to address the national conference of Planned Parenthood, an organization that was directly involved in the abortion of about 330,000 babies in 2012. As an Illinois state senator, Obama voted three times against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which would provide medical care to a living baby resulting from a botched abortion. Biblically, all abortions are murder.

At the end of his address to Planned Parenthood, Obama had the audacity to say, “God bless you.” Sorry, Obama, but God cannot bless those who perform abortions.

GARY COOK

Andover

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