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Jim Freeman
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Dear Editor,


The moral decline of our nation should be a wake-up call to all Americans to get involved in their government and turn this country back to the principles and freedoms intended by our founding fathers.


There are no guarantees that we will continue to be a free and respectful society if we continue down the same path we have already come, ignoring our spiritual and political responsibilities, and falsely believing that all will be well for the future of our children and grandchildren.


President Barack Obama and his liberal administration have continually pushed this country toward financial and moral decline. On his third day in office, President Obama nullified the pro-life “Mexico City Policy”, making organizations that perform and promote abortion as a method of family planning overseas, eligible for U.S. foreign aid funds.


On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) into law, which will provide funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius already issued rules requiring all insurers, including self-insured churches, to provide, free of charge, all birth control devices, even those that cause abortions. A person enrolled in an abortion-covering plan cannot opt out of paying the “abortion surcharge” even if she is opposed to abortion. (wvforlife.org) Where is the respect for the First Amendment?


Do we want an “Independent Payment Advisory Board” (IPAB) telling you and your doctor what health care you can get and how expensive it can be? (even if you are willing to pay for it yourself)


Sad to say, our own WV Senator Joe Manchin, whom I once trusted to stand by the unborn, voted on February 2, 2011 against repealing ObamaCare. On April 24, 2011, Senator Manchin voted against blocking funding of ObamaCare.


Again on April 14, 2011, Senator Manchin voted to continue giving our tax dollars to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, the largest provider and promoter of abortions in the country. Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in 2009.


Is this what West Virginians elected Joe Manchin to do? I don’t think so. Does this record reflect the wishes of West Virginians? Certainly not mine.


Mitt Romney stated that ObamaCare will violate that crucial first principle of medicine: “do no harm.” He believes that ObamaCare must be repealed. (Statement on Mitt Romney’s website) Mitt Romney also said “I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.”


John Raese stated, “If elected to the U.S. Senate, I would immediately introduce legislation to repeal ObamaCare!”


Another quote by John Raese was “The Federal Government should never fund an organization such as Planned Parenthood! Planned Parenthood would and should be de-funded permanently.”


It’s up to the voters to decide which way we want our country to go. However, if we do not get registered and vote, then a small number of people who do vote, will make the decisions for us whether they represent our beliefs or not and our children and grandchildren will suffer the consequences.


The voter registration deadline for the general election is October 16th.


Bonnie J. Ayers


Sandstone, W.Va.


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