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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Contraception costs nothing compared to debt

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As a college-educated, stay-at-home mom of two young children, I am amazed at how many women have been duped into thinking a so-called "war on women" is being waged.

Comments made by the press and some registered voters suggest that taxpayer contraception funding and the threat of losing it is the make-or-break issue for many women voting this fall. Mitt Romney has stated that if elected, he will end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The reaction to this has been so misconstrued that many women think they will no longer have access to contraception and that the Romney administration is placing restrictions on their individual rights. Planned Parenthood is only one of many suppliers of birth control, and a lack of government funding would not preclude interested persons from donating to the organization.

I find it hard to believe that well-informed female voters don't recognize the larger issues at play in this election. The average cost of contraception ranges from $35 to $160 per year, yet the national debt under President Obama increases by $3.9 billion a day. Which issue do you think will impact women more?

U.S. poverty levels are on track to be at their highest since the 1960s, with far too many women homeless, unemployed and on food stamps. Our economic state has dealt a crushing blow to many women across the country, and while birth control certainly is a small part of many people's lives, it has become a distraction from the bigger picture.

I strongly encourage all female voters this election to become properly informed on the issues at stake for them.

MOLLY ZEMEK

Annandale

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