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Paid Political Letter: U.S. senators lack compassion

To the editor:

In January, I called the office of Senator Tina Smith (former VP of Planned Parenthood) to encourage her to vote for S.2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I explained that it would be a reasonable compromise on the abortion issue, since few abortions occur after 20 weeks. The, bill held the physician responsible for the criminal act, never the woman. It provided exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

I stated that Tina may benefit to be known to have compassion on the youngster in the womb who can likely feel pain, and in some cases, is developed enough to survive. Tina should know that overwhelming public opinion is against the gruesome limb from limb tearing procedure of late-term abortions. So, I was disappointed that she did not show compromise nor compassion, but held to a hard line by voting "nay." My telephone call to Amy Klobuchar also fell on deaf ears.

Thanks to Tina and Amy, the USA remains on the shameful list of under 5 percent of the world's nations that allow the cruel late termination of pregnancy. It's time to remove these stubborn senators by voting for others possessing concern for life.

Timothy Ness

Alexandria, MN

(Paid political letter)