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Letter: Abortion is a difficult and personal decision

Abortion is a difficult and personal decision

With all due respect to the May 6 letter writer who suggests that “true” Christians believe abortion is a moral evil, the truth is that Christians are gifted with free will. Should any Christian seek an abortion, the decision is made for personal reasons that none other than the woman really understands. For a person of faith, that decision is between the woman and her God.

Realistically, 63 percent of Americans indicate that they don’t support Roe v. Wade being overturned, 54 percent oppose state laws that close clinics, and over half of U.S. Catholics believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

This resounding support suggests empathy for the trauma that often surrounds unwanted pregnancy, which is outside the realm of understanding of those not faced with the situation themselves. Or, maybe this support exists given the approximate 47,000 annual worldwide deaths that result from unsafe abortions. Some perish in the United States, where poor women face fewer options for abortion care as a result of irresponsible, unscientific, political efforts to limit abortion access, which sorely contradicts a sound public health approach.

As for Planned Parenthood being an abortion provider “chain,” it is actually a network of low-income health clinics, which primarily provide reduced-cost gynecological care and contraception – the very thing recommended for reducing abortion rates.

The morality of abortion is forever debatable, but the real evil here is the way we self-righteously force pregnancy upon the vulnerable and walk with the Lord right over the bodies of our dead sisters.

Gretchen Ely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University at Buffalo

School of Social Work