Reader takes issue with ‘murder’ label

To the Editor,

When I read a column (Sept. 2, 2015) by your staff columnist using extremist language like “murder” and “killing” in discussing abortion I couldn’t believe I was reading The Mount Airy News. That kind of far-right rhetoric by a staff writer would not be found in any “mainstream” newspaper.

I know of many people who oppose abortion but none consider it “murder” nor would they use that type of language to describe a medical procedure that many women agonize over. Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure. Nearly 60 percent of Americans support abortion rights as outlined in Roe v. Wade. And nearly 65 percent of women do not want Roe v. Wade overturned. (Nor will it be).

De-funding Planned Parenthood (which is not going to happen) would increase the number of unwanted pregnancies thus more abortions because about 97 percent of what they do involves contraception, OB/GYN service, sex education, etc. De-funding would be especially detrimental to low-income women, about a third of whom use their services. The 3 percent that involves abortion does not use tax dollars. Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue for research is permitted under federal law and receives federal dollars — which it should. The tissue is used for research in Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

Eventually science (medicine) will come up with a solution for unwanted pregnancies that eliminates the need for a surgical procedure. Then religion and politics can be removed from the abortion debate and put it where it belongs — with a woman and her conscience.

But for conservatives the abortion debate is really about politics. They care little for women’s health. Look at the states controlled by conservatives and you’ll find a reduction in health care especially women’s health care. And that is one of the many reasons the Republicans continue to lose the women’s vote in national elections.

Jerry D. Reid

Pilot Mountain

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