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Regulating what we see

In response to the statement Susan Young, director of Life Choices Pregnancy Center in Sandpoint, made to Idaho lawmakers: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This bill would require a woman to have a real picture with sound of the fetus she’s about to have removed from her body.”

That is at odds with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s comments. He thinks seeing an ultrasound leads to abortions. “Prenatal testing does in fact result more often than not in this country in abortion.”

A bill in Kansas allows doctors to lie if they see during routine ultrasound screenings that a pregnant patient has a medical condition that could affect her or her unborn child’s life.

Some newspapers didn’t want you to see the Doonesbury comic strip that lampooned the Republican “War on Women.” They don’t want you to see the way women are being represented by their elected officials. So the newspapers (including The Spokesman-Review) censored the comic strip.

People are trying to regulate what you see to manipulate what you think.

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words; sometimes a picture is worth your life; and sometimes a comic strip speaks volumes.

Elizabeth Bowman

Spokane



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