The abortion issue should be government-regulated

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 12:58 a.m.
I am writing in response to two Jan. 24 columns, one by Samuel Greenberg, a physician, and the other by Jon Reiskind and Susan Bottcher, both of the Democratic Party. All three wrote in support of abortion legalization.
Greenberg writes that there will always be abortions, regardless of laws. This is true, of course, but the issue is one of numbers. It is a fact that abortion restrictions in general result in the reduction of the number of abortions, even one as innocuous as requiring a three-day waiting period.
He writes that the government should stay out of the abortion issue. Why should it? After all, each abortion results in the killing of an innocent human being, and that certainly is a matter of proper government concern.
In their column, the Democrats even oppose restrictions on partial-birth abortions. In this procedure, the baby is completely delivered except for the head. Then the abortionist pierces the baby's skull with a tube and siphons out the brains before completely removing the body.
The Democrats write that this procedure makes up less than one-half of 1 percent of abortions. Assuming this to be true, it is still thousands each year. Further, these killings are extremely painful to the unborn.
Some pro-lifers who are Democrats have recently expressed their opinion that, as a result of the last presidential election, the Democratic Party will modify its opposition to any restrictions on abortions or abortion funding. This column by Democrats shows that is not the case.
Consequently, those of us who are unswervingly dedicated pro-lifers will have to continue to vote Republican, even as repugnant as it sometimes is.
John O'Malley, Gainesville

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