Abortion clinics aren’t necessary


Thanks to The Blade for a generally well-balanced, in-depth article on a difficult subject (“Eyes turn to Toledo as flashpoint in abortion-rights controversy,” June 23).

A paraphrased quote by Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, was noteworthy: Hospitals may perform abortions in cases of medical complications.

This has always been the case, and refutes the canard that abortion clinics are necessary for women whose lives are in danger because of pregnancy.

In those rare cases in which a pregnancy is life-threatening to the mother, her obstetrician/gynecologist can prescribe and administer the necessary medical treatment in an appropriate facility. The lives and health of the mother and the fetus are too precious and sacred to be treated in any other way.

Ottawa Hills

Adoption can be a good alternative

I drive by an abortion clinic four times a day, on my way to and from my job at a local agency that handles infant adoptions. The contrast between these two places is surreal.

Grim-faced people, tears, and sometimes women who are coaxed or pulled from cars are common sights in the clinic lot. Where I work, couples who are soon to be adoptive parents are so happy they light up the room.

Without the Center for Choice, maybe more pregnant women will put their babies up for adoption. By doing so, they will avoid a violent act that may haunt them, and choose to be somebody else’s lucky break.

Taking an unwanted pregnancy to term and giving up the baby to a couple that can’t conceive might be the hardest thing a woman could ever do. From what I’ve seen, it is also quite likely the finest.

Mallett Street

Abortion-health link questioned

Your June 18 editorial “Bad for Ohio” says the state budget would assault women’s rights and health by making it virtually impossible for abortion clinics to operate. What does aborting babies have to do with women’s health?

Future mothers, fathers, and grandparents suffer for many years from the effects of ending the life of a baby.

The good news is that all can be forgiven for those who assisted in any way in an abortion. Our God is good.

Brownstone Boulevard

Ending clinic ties not philosophical

The decisions by the University of Toledo Medical Center and ProMedica to be “neutral” and terminate their pacts with abortion providers have no deep philosophical basis.

Clearly, these pacts earned little or no money for them. They fear losing the business of the religious right to the only other local provider, which happens to be affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Kenwood Boulevard