Embrace people for who they are

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I would like to comment on several letters that have been printed lately.

Abortion -- this discussion will never end. In a perfect world, there would be no reason for abortions to happen. Men would keep their pants zipped and women would keep the aspirin between their knees.

The reality is men and women will have sexual intercourse, both wanted and unwanted. I'm sure abortions have been around as long as men and women have been around and will continue to do so.

In many countries today, abortions are talked about "quietly." The procedures in those countries often cost the women their lives. Whether you believe in abortion or not, it is still going to happen regardless.

Women have the right to have a safe procedure. We need Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides many services that are in demand.

PFLAG in the recent parade -- people don't just wake up one day and decide to be gay.

Why would anyone who had a choice want to do that? Gay people face discrimination in the workplace even today. If you have a gay friend, it doesn't make you gay.

I remember as a kid talking about "cooties." You could get cooties if someone rubbed their body against yours. This isn't how it happens. The choice is made before the person is born -- genetics. Remember Matthew Shepard? He was killed in a horrific way because he was gay. How sad!

I think it's time for people to wake up and realize how special each of us is. God doesn't care if you are gay or not. What matters is what is in your heart.

There is a television show called Modern Family that has a gay couple. I remember years ago when the word divorcee was a really bad word. You didn't want your kids to play with kids from a divorced family because you thought it would happen to you. It doesn't work that way.

It's time we stop the biases and embrace people for who they are, not what they are.

Karla Sprague
Walla Walla

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