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March 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Women's access editorial

Women have a say too

I want to thank The Seattle Times for its editorial “war against women” [Opinion, March 9].

Rush Limbaugh may have a large audience, but regardless of our opinion and need regarding contraceptives, no one should be called vile names because of the subject.

The lukewarm response to Limbaugh’s comments by some of the political-primary hopefuls is also troubling.

The current political climate forgets that in the U.S., women have a say in what happens to this country, and most of us don’t really appreciate being told or lectured by politicians regarding our health choices just to score points toward the presidential-election primary.

Thank you again for a sensible editorial.

— Fran Whitehill, Shoreline

Constitution does not grant this

In the editorial “War against women,” The Seattle Times editorial board states: “Republican presidential candidates keep attacking basic women’s rights.”

What rights are The Seattle Times editorial board talking about? Free contraceptives? What part of the Constitution grants that right?

Nearly all of your editorials are well thought out and worth reading, but I do not get this one.

Most rational people, including Republicans, have no problem with anyone using contraceptives who chooses to do so.

They just don’t want to allow the government to make them pay for someone else’s.

— Andy Zamelis, Burien

These rights were never given

Tell me when were the “good old days?” I am 75 years old and cannot recall one day when women’s access to contraception, abortion choice and education was a “given.” The Seattle Times editorial board needs a connection to the real world.

— Joyce Sandvik, Puyallup


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