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July 17, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoping for respect, understanding on abortion issue

Hoping for respect, understanding on abortion issue

Dear Editor,

Last Thursday, July 11, the Weatherford Democrat ran a syndicated column on its editorial page with the headline, “Hope Amid the Noise.” The article referred to Wendy Davis and her supporters as worshippers of Satan.

Wendy Davis is the Texas state senator from Tarrant County who filibustered in the Texas Legislature’s first special session to prevent the passage of a bill that’s aim and impact was to close clinics that provide reproductive health care to women – birth control, screening for breast and cervical cancer, pre-natal care and yes, abortion.  This bill also sought to change the definition of late-term abortion from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.

This bill was re-introduced and passed Friday in the second special session of the Legislature and plans are in place from the opposition to try to block its implementation and prove it to be unconstitutional.

After referring to Sen. Davis and her supporters as satanic in the first half of the syndicated column, the author goes on to provide sickening, graphic details of an extremely late-term abortion. The quotes that describe this horrible process were obtained by someone with a recording device, posing as a patient. The fake patient asks a health care provider in New Mexico what the procedure would be like, along with some follow-up questions. The article did not reveal how many weeks pregnant the fake patient was supposed to be, nor does it discuss any possible extenuating circumstances about why the person was supposedly seeking the abortion. But it certainly did give a very graphic, gruesome answer to the questions posed by the fake patient.

The quotes provided did not spare any sickening details. The article was written in such a way as to portray the healthcare provider as someone who took this procedure lightly. It certainly did not point out that any healthcare professional, when posed such questions, must answer with complete honesty, not sparing any details, so the patient can make an informed decision. These quotes were gained in a fake situation, with an ulterior motive and that is dishonest. The use of such tactics is intended to intimidate healthcare professionals to the point that they cannot openly and honestly answer a patient’s questions for fear of being recorded and quoted out of context.

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