Perry and abortion

Posted Friday, Feb. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Gov. Rick Perry was quoted at anti-abortion rally in Austin as saying that he wants to restrict the procedure as much as possible in Texas. He wants to make abortion as rare as possible (as, in a perfect world, we all do). The governor never acknowledges the many diverse and valid reasons that necessitate abortions; he just dispassionately says, "No, I'm the governor," and "that's your problem."

If the governor has his way, Texas women -- rich, poor, young or old, middle school to college age -- will have to travel to another state to find professional resources for the procedure. Because Texas is such a large state, this impediment alone could limit a young or disadvantaged woman's right to a safe abortion.

I would love to know if his laser-like focus on restricting abortions is sincerely rooted in religious beliefs, or it's just about control over women.

People forget that the alternative to safe, legal and accessible abortions is unsafe, illegal and inaccessible abortions. No reasonable person should want to return to those times before Roe v Wade. We can't continue to re-fight this battle.

-- Linda V. Bartles, Fort Worth

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