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Congressional vote doesn't support family values

family values The U.S. Congress recently showed it cares little about the family values many of its members espouse. In trying to outlaw some late-term abortion procedures, anti-choice lawmakers sensationalized family tragedies to create a political issue.
   Jennifer Dunn ignored 70% of the people in their support of a woman's right to choose, and voted in favor of banning late-term abortions, even in the case of preserving the life or health of the woman. President Clinton deserves enormous praise for the compassion and caring he displayed in vetoing this bill.
   It is the height of hypocrisy for politicians to advocate less government interference in the economic arena but then intrude in the most personal decision a woman can make.
   This bill doesn't even contain an exception to save the health of the woman, and thus would present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The House refused to consider a health exception--even after President Clinton requested such a change--again demonstrating this bill was nothing more than political shenanigans.

Cherelle Carlsen, Issaquah