- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

“President Obama called for overturning a ban on publicly funded abortions in Washington, D.C., as part of his budget proposal, but did not overturn the national ban on federal funding. Do you agree with him?”

It was poorly written at best and disingenuous at worst. The premise leading up to the question is composed of two separate issues - the first being Mr. Obama’s call for overturning the ban on publicly funded abortions in the District and the second being his (so far) not overturning the national ban on federal funding for abortions.

If one favors Mr. Obama’s call to overturn the D.C. ban, then one most likely would be against his failure to overturn the federal ban. Conversely, if one is against his call to overturn the D.C. ban, one most likely would support the fact that Mr. Obama has yet to call for overturning the federal ban. Logical consistency requires a separate response to each issue, and therefore the question “Do you agree with him?” is useless in gathering any accurate metric of public opinion.

LARRY D. WILKES



Louisville, Neb.

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