The fact is, abortion is dangerous to women

February 8, 2011

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I AM not surprised that Andrea Miller, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, was “disheartened’’ when she read Jeff Jacoby’s op-ed “Abortion’s dangerous euphemisms’’ (“Philadelphia horror story is an argument for Roe v. Wade,’’ Letters, Feb. 1). However, I am surprised that Miller equates Jacoby’s personal conviction with “divisive grandstanding.’’ She is certainly entitled to her opinion, but opinions don’t replace facts.

The fact is that abortion is dangerous to women. What is “intellectually dishonest’’ is to tell women that they are not at risk. Ask Laura Smith’s family how safe abortion is for women. She died after suffering complications of an abortion in 2007 at Women’s Health Center in Hyannis.

Jacoby was absolutely correct that “women’s health and reproductive freedom’’ are “euphemistic evasions.’’ They are not shared values.

I agree with Miller that we should all work together for the safety and health of women. But as long as abortion is legal and available, women will be at risk. If not in Philadelphia or Hyannis, somewhere there is a young woman walking into an abortion clinic who may not be walking out.

Catherine Fraga, Acushnet