Letters to the Editor

Iowa's 'heartbeat bill,' women's healthcare and more reader letters

A pro-life demonstrator at the U.S. Supreme Court after the court struck down the Texas abortion law.
A pro-life demonstrator at the U.S. Supreme Court after the court struck down the Texas abortion law. TNS

For 'heartbeat bill' in Iowa

The Iowa heartbeat bill is about recognizing life. When there are two heartbeats, there are two human beings at different stages of life; the mother being older than her growing child in the womb.

Abortion intentionally stops the heartbeat of the littlest and more vulnerable among us.

God willing, this law will come to pass. Thank you, Gov. Kim Reynolds and all those legislators of the people and for the people who voted for this bill in Iowa!

—Deborah Fleischmann,

Fort Worth

Numbers off, but healthcare needed

The news that maternal mortality rates are better than expected in Texas is welcome, but Cynthia M. Allen’s article is misleading on the situation for women’s health in the state. ("Bad data caused maternal mortality to skyrocket, not cuts to abortion clinics," April 26)

A recent United Health Foundation report ranks Texas last in the country on the availability of women’s health care, a situation made worse by the state’s attack on clinics that provide general health services because they also provide abortions.

Unfortunately, these are often the only source of medical services in poorer and underserved areas, and can treat the uninsured population who lack the means for private pay.

Our state will serve its women poorly as long as ideology is the main criteria for decisionmaking in Austin.

—Frances Lyle,

Fort Worth

Abortion advocates fight for healthcare

The reality is that Texas ranks at the bottom for a wide range of health indicators.

Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country. We're first in the percentage of women who have not seen a doctor in the past year due to cost, and 48th in the U.S. for women's health outcomes.

Abortion advocates are fighting for the health and well-being of Texas women and imperfect data on this one indicator does not mean state lawmakers are off the hook for these appalling statistics.

What is really “simple and obvious” is this: Texans need swift and effective policy solutions to help them get and stay healthy, and that includes safe, legal, and affordable abortion access.

—Nan Little Kirkpatrick,


Bring back the Old Bedford School

As a 35-year resident of Bedford, a 31-year third-grade teacher in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford schools, a former Bedford Historical Foundation member and a six-year volunteer at the Old Bedford School as a docent for the annual third grade-field trips, I was pleased to read “Repairs planned for the Old Bedford School.” (April 11)

The article stated that the school was used for weddings, concerts, and other events. It has been visited by third graders since 1998 for their educational field trips.

It has been closed for 23 months. I have missed sharing the history of H-E-B.

The Old Bedford School is an educational and a cultural facility that should be repaired.

—Ulana L. Ratley,


Just once

Just once I would like to watch the news or read the paper and think my government is working for the people and not just for themselves.

—Larry Lindsey,