“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable member” (Mahatma Gandhi). I worry about the lack of compassion that we’re seeing in many of our elected officials — in our state of Maine, other states, and in the federal government. Defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Planned Parenthood will destroy the lives of many Americans. The ACA has provided health insurance to millions of people who didn’t have it previous to the act. Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, low-cost health care to men and women through health screenings, Pap tests, tests and treatments of sexually transmitted diseases, educational outreach programs, and family planning.

What kind of a society do you want? If you want to see continued health care for people and wonder what to do about it, please call Senator Susan Collins at 202-224-2523, Senator Angus King at 202-224-5344, and Representative Bruce Poliquin at 202-225-6306. Ask them to keep the ACA (Affordable Care Act), not repeal it. A bill, HR 370, has been introduced into Congress to eliminate the ACA.  Change the name, if you will, but keep its coverage. Urge them not to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill, HR 354, would defund Planned Parenthood. The people affected by the elimination of these two programs are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, aunts, uncles and neighbors. “The real weapons of mass destruction are the hardened hearts of humanity” (Leonard Cohen). 

Linda Garson Smith, Belfast