Pro-Life Letter to the Editor
Council: 13861 - SANFORD
The Council Advocate, in view over the concern with the newly nominated Supreme Court Justice, sent the following letter to the editor to the Portland Press Herald. It was printed, with minor changes, in the July 15, 2018 issue.
“We read that “the rights and freedoms of more than 300 million people are on the line”; women’s health will be devastated if abortions are outlawed with selection of a new Supreme Court Justice. Some facts from the Guttmacher Institute, a well-known source of data on abortions and their rates: ‘There are rare cases when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother. These cases occur less than 1% of the time. If you include non-life threatening health issues cited by mothers as reasons for abortion, the total number increases to only 2.8%.’ There is a long list of other reasons abortion is chosen, but we can make the case they are not “women’s health” reasons. As for rights and freedoms, consider the rights and freedoms of the unborn but alive child in the womb. We agonize over the pain a lobster feels being thrown into a boiling pot of water and we cannot bear to hear of puppies being killed or abandoned alongside a road. But ignoring the pain of a baby being aborted is somehow ok because the Supreme Court said so??
Google “pregnancy centers in Maine”. There are 10, from Sanford to Fort Kent, who will help a pregnant woman look at other options than abortion – it is fact that Planned Parenthood Centers (only four in Maine) never do that. In her ongoing support of Planned Parenthood, Senator Collins should find it her heart, as a Pro-Choice woman, to consider and urge women to consider these other options and make the RIGHT choice. Abraham Lincoln said: “No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.” Roe v. Wade is wrong. Even the woman who brought it to the Supreme Court has now said so.”
His effort was complimented by the State Pro-Life Chair and by the Chair of Maine Right to Life Council or placed on the Council’s facebook page, noting its calm display of facts that “will have a positive effect on our efforts”.