The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/18/12

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The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

Abortion argument stunk

Dear Editor: 

The Courier’s Sunday, March 3, reprinting of the Montgomery Advertiser’s abortion legislation article and the arguments (I use the term loosely) contained within are so thinly veiled that I had to laugh at its ridiculousness. 

The crux of the author’s “argument” against abortion legislation is that a provision of the bill would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound so that the woman can make an informed decision before proceeding with the abortion. According to the opinions  — presented-as-facts in this lopsided article, the ultrasound is “invasive.”  Really?!?  So, exactly, how invasive does the author think an abortion will be?

Having worked for an OB-GYN as well as having two children of my own, I can say that even the transvaginal transducer ultrasound is less invasive than the reproductive process by which children are conceived. Intrusive … give me a break. 

The truth is that a large percentage of women who see their unborn child on ultrasound or see/hear the heartbeat choose to carry the child to term. Oh, heaven’s above, if a mother should decide to carry her child and then keep/adopt it after the fact. I don’t know why hard-lined abortion advocates (not people who think the service should be available, but those who take it as a personal affront when someone chooses not to have an abortion) try to pretend they are on a moral high ground defending the rights of the downtrodden women of America. A true reproductive rights activist should be just as pleased that a woman had the opportunity to make an informed decision no matter what her decision turned out to be.

The article’s author went onto try to paint a picture of women up in arms, I’m assuming with N.O.W. signs, against the Republican Party if this bill passes, even scaring their husband’s into submission by swaying them in their exercise to vote.

Gimme a break. This article stunk from an agenda from the first syllable to the last period. Period.  

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