Letter to the Editor
To the editor:
I strongly urge the citizens of our community to contact their local congressman or congresswoman and the governor of our state, and ask them to prevent the closing of Planned Parenthood, the last abortion provider in Missouri.
This organization provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, cancer screening and prevention, and abortion.
Closing Planned Parenthood has a detrimental effect on women because they cannot get a safe abortion, which can lead to a botched abortion by a nonprofessional, which can lead to death.
Or, women wind up keeping the baby, which can ruin their lives because they cannot go to college and get a good job.
A lot of these pro-life people think they are doing a great thing by saving all these unborn babies.
They are about as wrong as wrong can be.
What they are actually doing is hurting the lives of a lot of poor, uneducated women who cannot afford to go out of state to have an abortion.
They are hurting them physically and economically.
I urge all the citizens of our community to support Planned Parenthood so that women can have a chance to thrive in our society, and not fall prey to the notion that an unmarried, pregnant woman should be scorned by society, which is exactly what happened to Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”
That classic novel was written in 1850. I certainly hope that our thinking has not regressed since then.