THE DEC. 9 op-ed by Dayle Steinberg, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, criticized those who are pro-life as "working aggressively to eliminate all reproductive services from health-care reform."

As a woman and an American, I'm offended by Ms. Steinberg's presumption that her idea of reform is the desire of all women.

The truth is, countless women, and particularly those in the Catholic Church, fully support genuine health-care reform that is equitable, affordable, available to all, and which offers true health care.

How can anyone think that the taking of human life by abortion could be considered "basic reproductive services"? Abortion is not health care. People of faith and moral conscience do not wish federal tax dollars to be used to fund the taking of human lives by abortion.

We're unwavering in our commitment to the protection of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. Health-care reform that doesn't guarantee such protection for all isn't worthy of our support.

Susan M. Vadas

Director, Respect Life

Archdiocese of Philadelphia