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Truths about abortion


A Sunday Weekly article dealing with abortion bears comment. In it Jennifer Dalven, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, stated, “The American public wants abortion to remain safe, legal and accessible.” The truth is that most Americans are woefully uninformed on this issue, many still believing abortion is limited to the first trimester.

The article further states that “you don’t see women talking about their abortions.” Sadly several hundred are unable to do so because they died of abortion-related deaths. I would suggest that those who wish to consider the issue objectively go to and click on women killed by abortion. Go to the bottom of The Blackmun Wall and click on and learn about the death of beautiful 18-year-old Marla Cardamone. From there, view The Blackmun Wall, which lists 348 women who died from legal abortions since Roe v. Wade and describes the circumstances of their deaths.

One not yet listed on the wall is the death of Tonya Reaves, a 24-year-old woman who died last July of a perforated uterus from an abortion performed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago. More recently, the death of 29-year-old Jennifer Leigh Morbelli on Feb. 7, was reported. Thirty-three weeks pregnant, she and her preborn child both died of complications resulting from this late-term abortion performed by abortionist Leroy Carhart. In 2005 another of his patients died from a third-trimester abortion.

Many woman do talk about their abortions. The “Silent No More” campaign is comprised of such women who feel that abortion caused more problems in their lives than it solved (

The article’s author writes: “abortion-rights groups also were heartened by a backlash to anti-abortion initiatives and rhetoric that they viewed as extreme.” I would argue that the word extreme would be more applicably applied to Planned Parenthood, an organization that states on the one hand that “you deserve medically sound information about your body, your health and your reproductive choices to make your own decisions” and then continually takes cases to court to deny informed consent for abortion on the other.

Abortion is the largest unregulated business in America. It may be legal, but denying women the right to consider the complications and possible death that may result is not freedom, and the facilities where they are performed are all too often not safe.

Bette Hartzell


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