To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In response to Bruce W. Peck’s short letter in Monday’s paper telling us how much poorer we are because of abortion, I see it just the opposite. Because abortion is legal under the auspices of Roe v. Wade, we are richer in many ways.
We are richer because unwanted children, many of whom aren’t surrendered for adoption, won’t grow up unloved and at the mercy of a parent or parents whose child-raising skills leave much to be desired.
We are richer because girls and women who unintentionally become pregnant won’t have to go to those "back alley butchers" of yore, in the good ole pre-1973 days before Roe. We are richer because, when someone conceives after being raped, she won’t have to be violated again by having to go through nine months of torture. We are richer because, when a pregnancy goes wrong and the mother’s life is hanging in the balance, the abortion that can save her life can be done under the best of conditions by trained professionals. And we are richer because we females have the right to make our own decisions about our own bodies.
Abortion can often be such a kindness. And yet so many states are putting so many more restrictions than Roe v. Wade on who has an abortion and under what circumstances. I’m beyond childbearing years, and most fertile females don’t remember what it was like when all abortions were illegal. Please take a lesson from those of us who do remember, and fight to keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land. It’s the best compromise law there can be, but you’ll lose it if you don’t wake up and see it slipping away.