Letters To The Editor Abortion Points

Posted: December 28, 1986

It was with great interest that I read the Dec. 18 article on bogus abortion clinics.

Most pro-lifers are opposed to these clinics as they detract from genuine abortion-alternative centers, which offer counseling, clothing, financial aid and medical help to women facing problem pregnancies. These services usually are offered free of charge, while the National Abortion Federation, at its annual convention, debated whether abortions were underpriced!

It is quite ironic that the $500 million abortion industry is accusing the alternative centers of dishonesty when the "counseling" they offer is often a sham. By striking down the 1982 Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, the Supreme Court effectively ruled that women do not have the right to know about fetal development, abortion alternatives and the possible physical and psychological after-effects of abortion, stating that such information constitutes "intimidation."

This means that abortion clinics are under no moral, legal or social obligation to provide women with enough information about the procedure to

allow them to make a truly informed choice, and most of them do not.

When Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest single provider of abortions, condemns the Madonna song "Papa Don't Preach" for painting an unrealistic picture of teenage pregnancy, one begins to suspect that the real motive behind these hearings is to close down all abortion-alternative centers, including bona fide ones. I shudder to think that we have slid so far down the slippery slope that abortion is seen as the only alternative to problem pregnancies.

Melissa A. Simmons

Philadelphia.

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