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Columbia Missourian

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

By Alison Schwartz
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.