A more humane approach to the abortion debate
The letter from the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland in defense of LeRoy Carhart [“Care that women need,” Local Opinions, Dec. 12], who specializes in performing abortion late in pregnancy, cites extreme cases to justify such abortions: a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy and life-threatening anomalies in an unborn child.
Certainly women facing such difficult situations deserve compassion and appropriate medical care, but to say that pro-lifers “oppose giving women in tragic situations any options” is frankly absurd. Nor is it valid to use such circumstances to justify elective abortion late in pregnancy.
About 140 facilities nationwide perform abortions at 24 weeks, and about 18,000 abortions are performed each year after the 21st week of pregnancy, most of them for reasons unrelated to health. These are not pro-life statistics; they come from the Guttmacher Institute, which is unabashedly in favor of abortion rights. Opposing the destruction each year of 18,000 human beings capable of feeling excruciating pain as they are dismembered is hardly a radical position.
I hope concerned individuals on both sides of the abortion debate would agree that the unborn should be granted some legal protection once they have developed the capacity to feel pain. True compassion demands no less.The writer is executive director of Maryland Right to Life.
Angela Martin, Annapolis
| December 16, 2010; 9:04 PM ET
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