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Letter: Some options will solve abortion debate

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Thank you, Doris Green, for your refreshing voice of reason in this contentious abortion debate, (Planned Parenthood abortions paid by private donations, Tribune, Aug. 24, 2011).

After reading two more antiabortion diatribes in the Tribune, which were rife with misinformation and insinuated that only their god imbued them with the ability to make righteous decisions involving abortion, I felt compelled to add my voice to the less published pro choice opinion.

As a retired RN who worked in the field of Maternal Child health for her entire 40-year career I witnessed, firsthand, the tragedy, suffering, death and barbaric abortion options desperate women were subjected to before 1973 when Roe v. Wade was enacted. I saw young girls admitted to the E.R. hemorrhaging and near death secondary to uterine rupture from a self-induced abortion with a wire coat hanger. Other women died of massive sepsis from botched abortions done in filthy conditions by people who had no medical experience and were only in it for financial gain.

Two weeks ago a Tribune editorial on this subject cited a risk of permanent infertility from a legal, safe abortion done today. The reality is that this risk is minuscule compared to the 100 percent certainty of infertility following an illegal or self- induced abortion. The patient either died, or a complete hysterectomy was performed in the majority of cases to prevent death.

Make no mistake, desperate women will have illegal abortions when safe and legal procedures are denied them, and when there is a demand others will step up, for a price, to provide the services.

These resultant "abortion factories" will produce horrors that will surpass the wildest imaginings of what goes on at Planned Parenthood by current anti abortionists!

So what are our options here? I think both sides agree that, generally, abortion should not be used as a method of birth control, so let's explore that route.

Contraception to prevent an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is a much simpler and effective way to avoid ever having to make the difficult decision about abortion. This is true for adults as well as teens.

In order for this to work, parents and other mentors, communities, schools and religious institutions must begin serious dialog with their boys as well as their girls long before they become sexually active, about the nature of sex, the sanctity of their bodies, and most importantly, the individual responsibility of preventing unplanned pregnancy and STDs.

A committed community effort in the tri-city area to educate our youth would avoid a large percentage of the heartache and inevitable problems associated with unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

Option 2: Let's drop the "my god's better than your god" approach. I might suggest to any woman who feels strongly that abortion is morally and religiously wrong that she never have an abortion.

But, on the other hand, for those others whose religion and moral code poses no opposition to abortion, or for those who are unsure of any god's existence, or those that deny god's existence altogether and who are not morally opposed, allow them to make their own choice without any interference or harassment from those who believe otherwise .

Option 3: I must admit that the following suggestion comes from my own personal bias. Some may agree whole heartedly, others may be appalled and others may just get a laugh!

I propose this scenario: one man has finally figured out how to become pregnant, but is now faced with an unwanted pregnancy without any family support, no financial resources, the person who got him pregnant dumped him, and he has no medical insurance.

Only when this happens in reality will this one and only man be allowed to offer an opinion on whether or not any woman should have the option to abort an unwanted pregnancy. But until that happens, no man has the right to offer his opinion on the subject, and legislating antiabortion laws is out of the question!

I shall conclude, as Doris did, with a plea for everyone to work together towards the day when every child is wanted, cared for, well nourished, loved, and educated through out their entire childhood.

Norma West

Prescott Valley

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