LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians should consider facts before making claims

Saturday, August 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

As the systemic attack on women’s health continues to be pushed through state legislatures around the country, politicians relentlessly continue to vocalize scientifically false and offensive views.

Our own Missouri Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, was recently in the news on both the state and national levels for his comments regarding abortion. On his Facebook page, Nieves mocked the need for life-saving abortion, going so far as to say that an abortion to save a woman’s life is "a matter of convenience.” Convenience? Abortions to save a woman’s life are a matter of life and death.

I am growing so tired of insensitive views spewing from politicians who lack medical degrees, compassion, and who dismiss the complications that can occur during pregnancy that put a woman’s’ life at risk. Some politicians actually think that when considering laws banning abortion, weighing whether or not to save a woman’s life is a merely about “convenience.”

Enough is enough.

Alison Schwartz is a Columbia resident.


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Mark Foecking August 11, 2013 | 5:05 a.m.

I would be surprised if more than 1 in 500 abortions was done to save the mother's life.

I fully support a woman's right to choose abortion, for whatever reason. But saving the mother's life is a very uncommon reason.


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Joanne Schrader August 19, 2013 | 1:14 a.m.

While I am not directly familiar with Rep. Nieves's remarks regarding convenience nor am I defending them here, I must point out some facts regarding abortion and saving the mother's life.

Fewer than 1% of abortions are performed for reasons of the mother's health. Fewer than that are actually necessary to save her life. Mind you approximately 1,200,000 abortions are performed yearly. (1% of 1.2 million is 12,000.)

Most mothers who experience a life threatening event e.g. eclampsia do so in the latter half of their pregnancy when their child is fairly well developed and potentially viable. An abortion in the second and third trimester is at least a two to four day procedure. The abortionist has to progressively insert laminaria to dilate the cervix. For a mother whose life is truly in danger any delay of that length would kill her. To save the mother's life, an ethical doctor would perform an immediate C-section. It is not necessary that the infant be directly killed as he or she would be in an abortion. The child may be born prematurely, but every effort can be made to also save the child's life.

In cases of an ectopic pregnancy, removal of a diseased or ruptured fallopian tube is not an abortion. Obviously, that surgery is done to save the mother's life. However, the death of her unborn child within the fallopian tube is a secondary effect. This is not the direct taking of a life, which is abortion.

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Joanne Schrader August 19, 2013 | 1:47 a.m.

I dare say that is the majority of abortion supporters who do not know the scientific facts, make statements that are patently false and offensive.

"For those of you who don’t know, the Dublin Declaration was signed by a group of experts and states “…that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.” Notice that they refer to “direct abortion.” Also stated is “…that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.” Doctors will still have an obligation to uphold the life of the pregnant mother, but as the statement explains, any treatment which may save the mother but cause the death of the child is unintended and tragic. That in no way is an abortion, for when an abortion is performed the one intention is to kill that child. Kate Bryan did a piece which also explains this point further." by Rebecca Downs, Live Action News.

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