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Assaults on women's rights just don't stop
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The bad old days are not an option. Many of us have stories of relatives who were victims of botched procedures. I had an aunt who was sent from New York to relatives in Albuquerque, N.M., where she had an abortion, developed septicemia and was sent to a convent, where she recovered but could never have children. And the subject is rife with hypocrisy. I wonder how many wives and girlfriends and daughters of the predominantly Republican anti-abortion forces have had an abortion when they needed one.

When the elder George Bush became president and vowed to fight abortion rights, my mother, my daughter and I joined the hundreds of thousands of people who marched on Washington to support the right to choose.

In the 2000s, the candidacies of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman, and comments from GOP spokesmen like former Rep. Todd Akin, who designated a category for “legitimate” rape, once again politicized an essentially private matter.

It just doesn’t stop. Last year, hundreds of thousands of us spoke out when a spokesman for Komen for the Cure advocated de-funding Planned Parenthood because the organization offers pregnancy counseling along with myriad other women’s health services. The reaction was swift and unequivocal: Donations dropped sharply, and Komen was forced to clean house, firing its top executives, including founder Nancy Brinker.

Last week, The New York Times published a piece by a woman titled, “My Mother’s Abortion.” Her mother had told her about an abortion she had as a young woman. The writer was grateful for the conversation. She understood that her mother was communicating a sense of empowerment to her daughter, advice on how to conduct herself in the world and perhaps caution about the ongoing threat to women’s rights. The writer urged women of my generation to speak more freely about their own experiences, about a subject that is personal, but need not be secret.

I agree. Our adult children have no idea what awful choices women faced when abortion was illegal in America.

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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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