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Thank you for your well-balanced and informative article concerning the proposed bill to limit abortion (See: “Law could close most of state’s abortion clinics,” July 7).

I wonder why the clinics which conduct cancer screening, family planning and other non-abortion services need to close once the abortion limits go into effect.

Is their only source of funding abortion fees? Our government supports Planned Parenthood and other facilities, but surely these funds are not exclusively tied to abortion services. If so, the allocation of funds needs to be redistributed to support true health services for women.

I also wonder why the opposition thinks it would be easier for rural women to go out of state for abortion than get to a clean, safe facility here in Texas. She has up to 20 weeks to make a plan. Why would a woman resist having this surgical procedure performed in a facility which is optimal in ensuring that her health is protected? I don’t know of any other surgical procedure done in this manner.

Why would a woman accept a lower standard of care? We women need to get over fighting for abortion rights and get busy ensuring that women get true health services.

— Jacqueline Barowitz,

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