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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1984816

Extremist Ideas

Why do Republican legislators want to pass laws making a woman’s rights mean nothing — and the cluster of cells growing in her body mean everything?

There is a small percentage of people who are fanatical in their belief that this cluster of cells is a life and it is murder to abort it, but they can’t all be in politics. Even in Ireland, where 78 percent of the population is Catholic, abortion is allowed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy without question.

We are not a nation ruled by extremist Christians, and yet Republican legislators seem united in this extremist idea. This is despite the fact that 66 percent of the American population did not feel that Roe should have been overturned.

There is a faction of the Republican Party which has become more authoritarian. Authoritarian regimes know that guns, brutality, deceit and control are power. Disenfranchised groups like LGBTQ and people of color are kept out of power. Democracy is the enemy. Women are invariably controlled, and there is no better way to control women than to force them to have children they do not want. It affects every aspect of their being.

If this is the agenda behind this Republican fanaticism, we had better vote out those politicians who believe in this extremist, authoritarian position to control women’s rights. We had better ensure that such people are no longer in positions of power — because if they are, then God help us.

Paula Angelone, Ph.D.

Southampton Village