Letters to the Editor

Closing clinics

Contrary to Joseph Ansley’s Oct. 12 letter, Sen. Wendy Davis was protesting a bill that would unnecessarily close clinics that provide cancer screenings and birth control.

D and Cs (even endometrial ablations) are safely performed in doctors’ offices daily. There is no need for a doctor to have admitting privileges at a hospital. As with any other outpatient-type procedure (tooth extraction, cosmetic surgery, colonoscopy etc.), if there are complications, the patient goes to an emergency room and is admitted by the doctors there.

It’s hardly apples-to-apples comparing the complications of an 80-year-old Joan Rivers to patients of childbearing age. We don’t need more histrionics concerning this issue.

So much for those who say they care about women and children. Denying access to preventative healthcare is a great way to keep women and children poor and powerless.

— Franya Wilhelm, Arlington

Cherry Langford wrote that the “the 30-plus reproductive healthcare clinics that [the Texas Legislature] delighted in closing were providing access to mostly routine low-cost healthcare to struggling women all across this vast state.” (Letter to the editor, Friday, Oct. 10)

The new law does not stop the clinics from providing routine low-cost healthcare to women. It only prevents the abortion procedure from being done at these facilities.

So, are these facilities serving women’s healthcare needs or just seeking to end the life of an unborn child?

— Deborah Fleischmann, Fort Worth