(Abortion rights protestors arrive to prepare for a counter protest against March for Life anti-abortion demonstrators on the 39th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Elizabeth E. Evans is a freelance writer and columnist in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.

By Elizabeth E. Evans

“Pro-life” and “pro-choice” extremists, you don’t speak for me

And, by the way, you don’t happen to speak for the majority of the American people either.

Over the past few weeks, the hot button issue of abortion rights in the United States has once again drawn national and sustained media attention in two events that almost seemed scripted to galvanize the certain on both sides.

First the Susan G. Komen Foundation, known for raising funds to combat breast cancer, decided to change its funding rules, with the consequence that Planned Parenthood became ineligible for grants.  Within days, as the Twittersphere and other social media outlets lit up with glee and rage, Komen reversed its decision.

At roughly the same time, simmering outrage over the Obama administration’s plan to require that all hospitals, including those with a faith affiliation, provide free contraception (including the morning-after pill, considered by many to be an abortifacient) boiled over. The administration had to come out with a compromise that faces an uncertain future.