The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2013

Abortion a right for women

Answering Rick McClure — Qualifying myself experiencing, as a mother of seven children, that I could have chosen to have a safe medical abortion with information and help from open family planning clinics with good doctors. Knowing Roe vs. Wade would have been there, understanding this need. I, now, take the position and appreciation of the right to choose, if I needed it.

Then I would not have had to ask Governor Terry Branstad, like now, if I needed an abortion, whether it could happen if I couldn’t pay for it. He personally has to OK it as necessary. Want to share your personal life with Terry? That is the way with the backward thinking politicians running the state now. It’s the law. Check it out.

How many times could he say “No?” For those who are against social welfare programs providing for children, where does that leave you now? How about your daughters? How would you like to be on record with the state asking for an abortion for yourself or your companion? What do you think should happen to women that have an abortion if that gets entirely against the law as advocated? Should they be prosecuted? Jailed, fined, have their children taken? Then build more prisons for this generation and the next.

I would like to ask Mr. McClure, who wrote an opinion on this subject Wednesday, if he watched or will watch the PBS show aired Sunday “Call the Midwife?”

On it, the mother of eight children by 28 years old, her last one wasn’t a year old, was pregnant. She was considering a self-induced abortion with a coat hanger, the husband convinced her instead to take herbs. Didn’t work. He then gathered the scarce money for her to go to an illegal abortionist. It was an unmedical, dirty, painful procedure. She went into a coma from septic poison. The midwife came and got her into the hospital illegally as a miscarriage. In the story, she survived.

Our progress in really helping women and, through them, their men and families by education and opportunity to a better life, which is in jeopardy. Think on this in the voting booth.

Mary Amborn


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