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Letter: Many Christians in favor of safe and legal abortion

Many Christians in favor of safe and legal abortion

A number of states have enacted laws limiting women’s rights to legal and safe abortions, and anti-abortion groups continue to rally and try to pressure the Supreme Court to reverse the decision in Roe v. Wade.

A recent letter writer stated that Christians are in favor of laws that would prohibit all abortions and that Planned Parenthood should not receive any tax monies since it provides abortions.

It is my observation that many, if not most, Christians are in favor of a woman’s right to a safe, legal, medical abortion if the woman and her physician determine that it is in the interest of her long-term health to terminate a pregnancy, ideally in the first trimester. Pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or an illness that cannot be successfully treated during a pregnancy are just a few of the reasons that safe, medical abortions need to continue to be viable options for women and their physicians to consider.

With regard to Planned Parenthood, the initiating purpose and long-term goal of this organization is to provide women with the knowledge and the means, if necessary, to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies. Its primary goal is to eliminate the need for legal abortions, not provide them, and it should receive more, not less, public support.

William J. Russell, S.T.M., Ph.D.

Orchard Park