Abortion not the answer

Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2003

In response to Ms. Danner's letter to the editor, she presumes that pro-life people are unsympathetic to the issues of rape, crisis pregnancies, bad relationships and unpaid child support. On the contrary, anti-abortion advocates have women's best interests in mind when they give them clear and informed information on the physical, emotional and psychological risks of abortion, when they present women with options besides abortion, such as adoption, and when they provide other forms of assistance to women in crisis pregnancies.

I would like to ask why you believe that taking the life of an unborn child is the best answer to a criminal offense such as rape? A woman who has been violated needs support and counseling, not another act of violence against her. Recent studies have found 60 percent of those who have had abortions suffer emotional distress from their decision and 70 percent said they would never have another abortion. (Archives of General Psychiatry August 2002) Would it not be far better to work for justice instead of taking the life of an unborn child? What about working for economic equality in the workplace for women? What about enforcement of child support laws? These are proactive, and nonviolent means, to further the cause of women and elevate women's status in society. Killing is not.

It is interesting that some of the same people that protest violent crime and domestic violence feel the answer to these social problems is to do violence toward one's own child in the womb.

The appropriate response to women's social problems is not to destroy the blessing of motherhood, which is unique to women, and God given, it is to protect and support life.

This is best summarized in the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the famous woman's rights advocate of the 19th century: "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."

Eva Small

Juneau



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