To the editor of THE EAGLE:
On April 23, The Eagle published a lengthy letter decrying an earlier correspondent’s support of U.S. Supreme Court decision of Jan. 22, 1973, known popularly as, "Roe v. Wade" which struck down state laws forbidding legal, medically safe abortion services for women who needed to terminate their pregnancies. ("Abortion makes nation poorer.")
The writer, Leo Delaney, refers to Mother Teresa to support his vividly anti-abortion position in his overwrought, "baby-killer" diatribe. My own daughter was born the year that Roe v. Wade was handed down. She is now 40 and the mother of my grandchild. How is it possible that we still see continued insistence by such as Mr. Delaney on imposition of his narrow view of unwanted pregnancy on the whole of the public, although all of us don’t subscribe to his religious beliefs about pregnancy and women’s role in families and the community?
It’s been four decades, and men and the chaste clergy, among others, continue to try to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. I’m appalled that Mr. Delaney in his strident appeal to public support for exertion of state control over the choices women of child-bearing age can make presumes to express concern for the well-being and subsequent mental-health of women who undergo safe abortion procedures under legally protected conditions.
Make no mistake, please. This pious mouthing is unashamed poppycock! Undergoing a life-threatening procedure by a larcenous incompetent has a much more destructive effect on the lives, bodies and mental health of women who can’t see their way clear to bringing a pregnancy to term.
I look forward to Mr. Delaney’s unambiguous support of the low- or no-cost provision of effective contraceptive medications and devices to all women of child-bearing age, and broad advertisement of the availability of "the morning-after pill" to prevent implantation of any ovum following un-protected sex. That, of course, could be the result of a failed condom or rape or seduction by such drugs as rohipnol, inflicted by an entitled young frat-boy on an un-aware co-ed.
Can we also anticipate his support of sterilization of any such perpetrator?
JULIA W. KAY-GRACE