Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Repairing the Damage, Before Roe (NYT essay)

"It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days.

What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such."

Waldo L. Fielding, retired obstetrician and gynecologist, from his essay published in the New York Times June 3, 2008.

Please read the full essay here.

I don't have much to add. He said it. Making abortion illegal will not stop abortion (again, does making rape illegal stop rape?), it will just put women at the mercy of hacks and coathangers.

I could ramble on, as I so often do, but I'll let the essay speak for itself. It does a pretty darned good job.

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