To the Editor:
I am morally against abortion after three months, but I think a woman has the right to make that decision herself. A wife and mother who is having trouble coping with several kids and can’t face another one should consider an abortion. A single woman who accidentally becomes pregnant should be allowed to do as she wants.
Another moral issue people face is rape and incest. If abortion is immoral because it takes a life, then the resulting abortion from rape or incest is immoral. The same applies to save the life of a mother or a horribly developed fetus which will die in agony in days after birth.
The anti-abortionists don’t seem to care about what happens to the unwanted baby that isn’t immediately adopted and goes into the system.
Most of those same people are against any sex where babies are not wanted. That is a ridiculous idea for most humans. Their belief that sex education promotes sex is also crazy. Non-partisan studies show it reduces sex and what occurs is safer. More education has shown to cause fewer pregnancies and abortions in teenagers.
Pregnancy occurs even with the use of pills and condoms because they aren’t 100 percent effective. Accidents, rape and incest do occur, so education and use of RU486 should be easily available.
It is 95 percent effective in the first 50 days but less so in the second trimester. Had this pill or a legal abortion been available in the mid-1950s, my 29-year-old sister would still be alive.
She bled to death from an illegal abortion. Her death may be part of my support of a women’s right, but many other factors have as much influence. We must cut abortions, not by law, but with education and pills.