Dear Dr. Paul,
As a lifelong Democrat, I was unexpectedly moved by your message. Small government, taking responsibility for ourselves, the fundamental right to privacy...these are incredibly powerful ideas that resonate with many people. However, I find that I cannot support your candidacy due to your unenlightened views on abortion. Moreover, I find your views on this issue to be incongruous with the rest of your platform.
I am a pediatrician. I see the effects of unwanted pregnancies in stark, unfiltered detail everyday. Abuse, neglect, emotional scars that never heal, generations living in poverty. Personal responsibility encompasses many things and includes making responsible family planning choices. Whatever her decision, it is a woman's fundamental right to choose whether or not to have a child.
Our society is unenlightened on this issue. Abortion has existed, hidden in the background, throughout history. As long as women have been able to bear children, women have chosen to prevent or abort a pregnancy. Due to Roe vs. Wade, women in this country can now obtain safe, legal abortions that do not kill them or result in subsequent infertility. Due to organizations like Planned Parenthood, women can obtain reproductive and family planning services regardless of their ability to pay.
I respectfully disagree with your views on this issue and wanted to let you know that I will not be voting for you.