Rehashing age-old abortion arguments

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the editor:
Dr. Henry Morgentaler continues the culture of death. Why are we encouraging him in any way?

Every child is a gift. We don’t know who we terminate when we don’t give these babies a chance.

Let’s encourage every stage of life and be open to helping young mothers give birth and care for these precious gifts.
"Monica Mallais

To the editor:
Monday, Jan. 28 marked the 20th anniversary of the famous Dr. Morgentaler decision, one of the brightest days in Canada’s history for women’s rights, when seven of nine Supreme Court of Canada judges upheld a woman’s constitutional right and struck down the few remaining restrictions on abortion.

Where abortion is safe and legal, no one is forced to have one, but where abortion is not safe and legal, women are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies, even if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest, or when a woman is at risk of death from the pregnancy.

Women will have abortions whether they are legal or not, so would you rather your daughter, mother or sister have a clothes hanger abortion in some dark alley or a safe one in a hospital?

Religious fanatics are quick to fight for the right of an unborn fetus, even when orphanages are full, but these same fanatics are also for the death penalty and will support any US-led war that kills foreigners in other countries.

I wish abortions were not necessary, but I realize they are. However, there are some pragmatic ways to at least reduce the number of abortions in our country.

Have strict laws against date rape and date rape pills, teach proper use of condoms and birth control and teach abstinence. Religious fanatics would have us only teach abstinence, but that only temporarily stops young people from having sex.

When people actually do have sex, safer sex will protect against unwanted pregnancies and STIs. I am all for reducing the need for abortions in Canada " as long as it does not impair a woman’s legal right to choose.
"Jason Setnyk

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