For years I have had to endure Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan propagating her religious thinking. Why is someone else's religion better than mine? I feel strongly that abortion is not any of their business, nor any church's business. For this to go before the Bakersfield City Council offends me ("Council committee waters down anti-abortion ordinance," May 21).

This is a very private issue. It is so sad to have Marylee Shrider, executive director of Right to Life of Kern County, wanting babies coming into the world having Tay--Sachs disease, where the parents watch their babies die within five years. Maybe the baby will be born with no brain and only a functioning heart, or affected with Down syndrome. Admittedly, some of these grow up to be functional individuals, but many are a burden to their parents for the rest of their lives and then become a burden to the taxpayer. Some want the developing fetus to be born so they can go on to heaven where God will take care of them. This I find selfish. Birth control should be mandatory for young women who choose to have sex, and religion again has no place here. Let medicine alone. Mind your own business. If you are against abortion, then don't get one.

Betty Stewart