Notifying parents not supported by all

Regarding the Nov. 20 letter “Restrictions would cause rate to fall”:

I would like to know where the writer gets her information that the “majority” of Americans support parental notification.

I am an American, and I don’t and there are many more like me who oppose parental notification.

Let me ask this: Should an underage teen have to notify their parent and get permission to have an abortion if that same parent is the one who sexually abused the teenager and got her pregnant in the first place? Sick yes, wrong yes, but does it happen in this country? The answer is yes.

Here’s another one: You’re 7 months pregnant when your doctor believes there may be a problem and does an ultrasound. While doing the ultrasound it is revealed that your baby’s brain is outside of the skull and you are told that your baby will not survive after birth. Tragic? Yes. Does it happen in our country? Yes. So must you bring the pregnancy to term because someone who does not even know you or your situation says you should?

People who believe in the right to choose are not necessarily “pro-abortion,” or “ultra-liberal” as the writer labels them. Our president, whom the writer says is a man of “integrity” and who is “pro-life,” is responsible for every life that is lost in his war in Iraq. Don’t you think it is somewhat hypocritical to be “pro-life” while sending men and women off to kill and be killed?

Our government wants to stop federal funding for clinics that perform abortions and yet they pay a salary to our men and women to go into another country and take lives. Yes, I think the battle will continue to rage!

Julie Barbeau


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