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Letter: Don't buy the hype. Abortion isn’t needed thanks to medical advances
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Ileana Ungurean, a sonographer at Choices Pregnancy Care Center, points out aspects of an ultrasound on Thursday, March 21, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

Regarding Jonah Goldberg's column on the abortion debate, pubished May 23, I feel compelled to voice my objection to his line of thinking.  

Prior to 1973, contraception was just beginning to emerge. Back then, a boy couldn't buy a condom without great difficulty and shame; now he can buy a condom in a grocery store without so much as a second look.  

A girl could never receive the pill without parental consent and a physician. Now she can go to Planned Parenthood or many outlets within schools and receive contraception. And there are many, many different devices and means to obtain contraception.  

Years ago, medical technology was not what it is today. A pregnant woman with life-threatening issues due to her pregnancy can now deliver a baby as tiny as less than a pound that can survive with medical assistance.

So I ask, why do we need abortions? For rape? Incest? What are the odds? And in the slightest chance one does become pregnant, the internet is full of websites on infertility where many, many couples want desperately to have a child to love and foster into a wonderful adult.  

When a heartbeat is detected, there is life. When we as adults go to the physician's office, the first line of treatment is to listen to the heart. We are all just a heartbeat away from death.  Therefore, in accordance with our forefathers in this country who valued life, brotherhood and generosity and with many holding religious beliefs, I am for life from the beginning of a heartbeat.  

Don't be fooled by the hype. We do not need abortion. There is no need for back alley abortions, because in 2019, contraception works and is readily available.   

Just make the right choice and be responsible. It's a woman's body, I agree; she should protect it.

Terese Duffey


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