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July 17, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Follow the money
Sunday’s newspaper carried a long article on the recently passed Texas abortion-restriction law. [“Abortion law in Texas may force risky choices,” page one, July 14.]
The article correctly noted that this will have a tremendous impact on women who are low-income. It noted that the new law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, also requires that all abortions be performed in facilities that hold to “the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers.”
What it did not say is that Governor Gov. Rick Perry’s sister, Milla Perry Jones, is vice-president of government relations of United Surgical Partners International and is also on the board of the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society. United Surgical Partners International is based in Addison, Texas, and it runs surgical centers co-owned by doctors, which will be some of the few centers that will legally be able to provide abortions under the new law.
While it is true that many low-income women will probably not be able to afford to have legal abortions in one of their facilities, United Surgical Partners International has the potential for a large increase in clients who will be able to afford to pay whatever becomes the “going rate” for an abortion.
This is just one more reason to remember that “follow the money” has been a catchphrase of both investigative journalism and political analysis for a long time.
Thalia Syracopoulos and Pam Whittington, co-presidents of the Seattle chapter of the National Organization for Women
May 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Rules for female and male prescriptions should be the same
Females as young as 16 can get the Plan B pill to terminate potential pregnancies without prescriptions. Depending on the outcome of another court case, they may be able to acquire it at an even younger age [“Judge in NYC rips opposition to Plan B order,” seattletimes.com, May 7].
However, a male, typically 50 or older, must get a prescription for Viagra and other pills to overcome being impotent.
So the government is saying that a male who is President Obama’s age is not capable of making a good decision and would need a prescription, but females the age of the Obama daughters are more capable of making a good decision and do not need a prescription. Where is the wisdom in that kind of thinking?
Larry Brickman, Bellevue
May 9, 2013 at 6:03 AM
Adoption is also an option
I really appreciated the letter by Anna Hiatt [“Consider adoption as an alternative,” Northwest Voices, May 7].
One of the biggest blessings of our lives was to adopt a child many years ago, when my husband and I decided we did not want our biological son to grow up as an only child.
I agree wholeheartedly with Hiatt’s opinion. As someone who has been a nurse most of my life, more than two decades of which were spent in childbirth or maternity, I am convinced that life begins at conception and am opposed to abortion.
Adoption may not be the option for everyone, but it has been a marvelous option for our family.
Mary Bartholet, Shoreline
May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Adoption should be considered as an alternative
My one issue in this whole debate is the “either/or” people when it comes to unplanned pregnancy — either you keep it or you kill it [“Debate over morning-after pill for 15-year-olds,” seattletimes.com, May 4].
As one of the many thousands of parents hoping to adopt in the United States, why is adoption never brought up in discussion as a good option for unplanned, unwanted American babies?
There are so many waiting couples and families to whom these unwanted babies could be the biggest blessing. I am not saying this is the option for everyone, but I wish it would at least be an option that is looked at seriously before ending babies’ lives.
Anna Hiatt, Brier
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