Sue Jeffrey: On ‘discreet’ health-care services
In Michelle Spencer’s piece (The Union, Sept. 23), she claims “the Constitution mandates tolerance of different religious and moral values and practices.” I fully support that statement, but just happen to believe that it applies to everyone — even those who morally oppose abortion.
Her second defense says that most women who had an abortion were married with children at the time.
The CDC’s most recent statistics (2011) state that 14.5 percent of those who had abortions in the U.S. were married which hardly qualifies as “most.” Correctly stated, per Guttmacher Institute, “At current rates, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion.”
If this figure is based on the number of abortions rather than women who have had them, it could be quite distorted.
Given that when a pregnant woman is murdered, the perpetrator is charged with two counts of homicide; I’m not sure where Ms. Spencer came up with the notion that those in the womb are not considered citizens.
Planned Parenthood accepts Medicaid as payment for an abortion and, according to the National Abortion Federation, the abortion rate of woman with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women.
Medicaid is 100 percent funded by state and federal taxpayer dollars.
Planned Parenthood does not hold the monopoly on “discreetly” providing health-care services. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law which requires all health-care providers to protect the privacy of all patients and I never suggested that Planned Parenthood’s patients be treated any differently.
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