Gaynor Henry, Grafton, N.D.: Illegal abortion would be far worseAs repugnant as many people find abortion, I find battered and beaten children far more repugnant and distressing. Forcing women to have unwanted children can lead to far more tragic consequences than sorrow and regret.
By: Gaynor Henry,
GRAFTON, N.D. — I am writing in response to Gloria Patocka’s letter (“End taxpayer funding of abortion providers,” Page A4, Jan 22).
First, Planned Parenthood does far more than provide abortions, many of which would not be necessary if women had access to affordable, effective birth control.
Let us not forget that some of these “women” are, in fact, just girls. And while I can appreciate that abortion is not for everyone, most women who get an abortion are relieved.
The only people who will suffer if Planned Parenthood’s funding is reduced or eliminated are the people whom Patocka claims she wants to help — women and girls.
It’s a complicated issue, but abortion is in fact a legal, medical and sometimes necessary procedure that literally and figuratively can save a woman’s life.
As repugnant as many people find abortion, I find battered and beaten children far more repugnant and distressing. Forcing women to have unwanted children can lead to far more tragic consequences than sorrow and regret.
And this doesn’t even consider the physical and psychological trauma suffered by rape or incest victims who become pregnant. Can you imagine what the consequences of forcing these victims to have babies would be?
It seems to me that the Women’s Pregnancy Center is a euphemism for a covert right-to-life group — a tactic that’s just as underhanded and sneaky as the ones she implies Planned Parenthood is using.