In response to a letter to the editor by Bruce Plopper, I want to express how extremely proud I am of our two legislators who have the courage to stand for what is right when they know they will be ridiculed by many who are not willing to take responsibility for their own lack of self-control. Jason Rapert and David Meeks are not trying to impose their religious beliefs on anyone. I’m sure they, as well as I, believe that women have the right to govern their own physical and mental health. However, except in the case of rape and incest, the time for a woman to make that decision is before conception, not after. At the moment of conception, a human being is being formed. It is living, and anything that is purposely done by anyone to destroy it is a murderous act. It is beyond my comprehension how our society has gotten to the point where there is more concern and protection for animals and the environment than an unborn child.
Mr. Plopper seemed to think that the passage of these bills would make Arkansas look more intolerant to America. So be it! There are some things that should not be tolerated, and it is time for those who agree to voice their objections. Doing the right thing is usually not the popular way to go.
Thank you Mr. Rapert and Mr. Meeks for being willing to accept persecution to rectify a wrong. God bless you!
— Betty J. Osborn, Conway