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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Assaults on women's rights just don't stop

Nobody wants to have an abortion in the 20th week of a pregnancy. And nobody wants anyone else to have one, either. Still, it is legal in most states, and sometimes it is necessary. The choice to end a pregnancy should rest with a woman and her doctor; the process should be beyond the interests or constraints of the law.

Nevertheless, anti-choice legislators keep poking their noses into exam rooms around the country. This month Texas passed one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in America. The new legislation bans the procedure after 20 weeks. In addition, the law places new, stringent requirements on existing abortion clinics. They burden the clinics with regulations that will, in effect, shut them down. The costs of meeting the new regulations are prohibitive and impractical. Access to abortion in Texas will virtually disappear, except, of course, for the wealthy, who can easily travel to a big city for a private procedure.

Women will do what they have always done: find a way. Whether it’s by crossing the border for abortion pills in Mexico or by seeking abortions in other states, women will end pregnancies they cannot or will not carry.

It’s a fact of life and it’s the law of the land, but still the battle goes on. Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in this country 40 years ago, when the Supreme Court ruled that a woman’s right to privacy extends to her right to have an abortion. But the fight continues, because the ruling allows states to make regulations that affect how accessible abortion is in any given region.

Since both sides claim the moral high ground, why not agree that abortion is a private issue, not a legal one?

I have had the experience — more than once — of sitting around a table of women when the subject of abortion comes up. If six or eight of us are gathered, at least one or two have had an abortion.

No one remembers the event with anything but sadness and regret — not that they had the abortion, but that they had to have the abortion. The women I know are comfortable with the choice they made. Every one wants her daughters and her granddaughters to have the same choice and the same right to privacy.

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RonnieG

While I read your Op-Ed piece I was struck by your rather casual attitude towards the demise of an unborn life. Unborn, yet nevertheless, a life. No where in your piece do you promote, edify, mention or advocate the use of contraceptives as a means of pregnancy prevention. While I agree, there may be extenuating circumstances for the case of abortion, they are far and few between. And no, Ms. Kreiss, we all don't know someone who was a victim of a botched abortion. You may, but I don't, not do any of my acquaintances. You talk about this not being a political issue but a personal issue, yet you point fingers at George Bush, predominantly Republican anti-abortion forces, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, etc. Is this a political matter for you or a personal one? Which, Ms. Kreiss. You insist that the government stay out of it, yet you continue to interject and lace your article with political barbs.

There is something inherently wrong with a society who feels comfortable with killing their progeny, something very wrong. Abortions cannot be a means of birth control and since you do not allude to any other form thereof, I would have to assume that you believe it to be a form of the same.

I also find it interesting that you state "abortion should be between a woman and her doctor" and not in the legal arena. On that point, I couldn't agree with you more, yet the Affordable Health Care Act will now intervene on every level of our health care, but it's "hands off" our abortions? It doesn't work that way Ms. Kreiss. Since the government will now be deciding whether or not we can have a knee replacement, it only seems fair that abortion remain in our legislature as well. Whether it's fighting for it or against it, is should not protected and should be subject to all the same rules and regulations as all heath care. You talk about "anti-choice" legislators poking their noses into exam rooms around the country. Really? Well then, please tell me what has Obamacare done? The very same thing Ms. Kreiss, the very same thing.

Again, I am disturbed, to say the least, about a society who so freely and without sorrow, guilt, or compassion, that kills their unborn.

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Paul3086

Very well said RonnieG.

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