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Andrea Schmidt, West Fargo, Published September 14 2012

Letter: More white male desire to control

In response to the Rev. Doug VanderMeulen’s opinion article published on Sept. 9:

To follow his use of the “logic” of generalization, VanderMeulen’s letter beautifully illustrates this nation’s classic privileged white male belief that he should be able to control a woman’s body. His conflation of abortion with the death penalty is illogical, and his callous suggestion that it is just a matter of “location” illustrates a disturbing lack of empathy.

Regardless of whether one believes life begins at conception, the emphasis should be upon the mental and emotional well-being of the rape victim, not upon the continued control and violation of her body.