Letters to the editor for Saturday, July 20, 2013

Without abortion, women would go to awful measures

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives continue to battle a woman’s freedom of choice, passing another restrictive anti-abortion bill.

What would happen if abortion becomes illegal again? Women would do what women have done throughout history: choose abortion “by their own hands.” In the ghastly dark ages before Roe, women swallowed lye or strychnine, shot turpentine into their own wombs with syringes, punctured themselves with knitting needles, and threw themselves down flights of stairs — all in the hopes of ending their pregnancies.

Let’s not be deluded about what will happen if Republicans and the anti-abortion crowd get their way.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, Calif.


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