LETTER: Supports right to choose, but saddened by loss of life

Abortion, like politics and religion, is a topic we strive to omit from dinner table banter at family gatherings.

They are highly volatile subjects and usually lead to heated arguments.

I’m personally conflicted as I support the woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body while saddened by the loss of potential life.

The writer of the letter to the editor, “Abortion Critic” [Peninsula Voices, June 1] believes that the reason abortions are performed is simply that the fetus is “unwanted.”

Oh, that it were so simple.

There is not enough space on this page to annotate all the issues and consequences of being the child who is born unwanted.

The role Planned Parenthood clinics play in abortions is fractional compared to the work they do in women’s health, contraception and education.

But you may say that even one lost fetus is too many.

OK.

Fair enough.

I’ve never quite understood the dichotomy of thought by those “don’t tread on me” fans that fear government intrusion into their lives but find it OK for the government to dictate what a woman can choose about her own life if she experiences an “unwanted” pregnancy.

So, hey, if Roe vs. Wade is reversed, I think the letter writer should support a new law requiring that all middle-class couples, including retirees, adopt and raise an unwanted child.

The government should force you to want the unwanted child.

And while we are being concerned about the unwanted fetus, how about getting the old picket signs out for the lives of “unwanted” refugee children?

Les Carnahan,

Port Angeles

More in Opinion

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Extravagance of our longing

WE’RE HUNGRY, WE humans, sometimes starving: for splendor, love, experiences that make… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fish, orca and humans all doomed

WHEN I’M WRONG I’m wrong and I ain’t ashamed to admit it.… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Not all net pens are created equal

By Kurt Grinnell Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe With all of the recent publicity… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: The Advice Lady’s secret

I WAS CURIOUS about this woman, this traveler. So I sent a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New Year resolutions pointless to keep

BY NOW WE’VE all had it up to here with newspaper pundits… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: If we could talk to the animals

THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND around the world, man has studied the ways in… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Another kind of year-end list

THE WORDS OF Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero (1917-1980) are a salve to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Gift ideas for fishermen

DURING THE HOLIDAYS we often wonder what to get the fishermen on… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: A new verse for an old song for the holidays

By Marc Abshire and Richard Stephens “SHOP LOCAL” CAMPAIGNS are not new.… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Authors cookin’ up books on West End life

THE MUSIC WAS too loud, though I’d never admit it was because… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Visions of Christmases past

THE EXPERTS ALL agree. Every year, the holidays can cause holiday stress.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Prognosticating the steelhead season

LATELY I’VE HEARD people say this is the most wonderful time of… Continue reading