Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

February 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/16/2013

Thanks Roe v. Wade

I am weary of the many "pro-life" letters you are publishing without reference to women's rights or how things used to be. I was a Presbyterian pastor in the 1960s and recall the desperate women who came to me with unwanted pregnancies, tempted to try self-abortions or go to the illegal "abortion clinics" in hotel rooms.

It was never a problem for women with money to pay several doctors for an "opinion" to "protect their health," which made abortion legal in most states before "Roe vs. Wade." But the women who really suffered and sometimes died were those who did not have enough money for a safe abortion. It was clearly discrimination against women in poverty.

The pro-life letters always mention the "50 million murdered babies" but never mention the millions of good women and mothers who are alive today, not murdered in back room abortion clinics.

Thank God for the Supreme Court that put aside religious and ethical theories that take away the rights of women over their own bodies, and gave women the opportunity to make their ethical decision in accord with those, religious or not, who believe that life begins at birth.

Ned Edwards

Beulah

Columns are insightful

After reading the most insightful piece by Pat Buchanan in the Feb. 11 Record-Eagle I am compelled to write this letter of commendation to your editorial board for publishing Buchanan's column. Also, I encourage your subscribers to read this column "Is America in endless war?" in particular, and his column generally.

I have found his writing to be informed, insightful, timely and cogently presented. Though he has a Republican background, his choice of topics and his presentation of his views and analysis are largely bipartisan, in my judgement.

Hopefully, this piece is available via internet on your web site for those who may have missed reading it.

Paul L. Morris

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