To the Editor:
A recent writer labeled Doug Jones, the newly elected senator from Alabama, a man who “supports the killing of babies.”
I wish to analyze that assertion.
Many years ago, I suffered a miscarriage. I saw the embryonic tissue after it passed and before I took it to my doctor for examination. This material was not a baby. It didn’t breathe. It didn’t move.
This material, at one time, had the potential to become a baby, but it was not a baby when it left my body at three months. I carried two babies to full term, and the difference was enormous.
Jones is an attorney and former federal prosecutor. A federal law allows a woman to choose an abortion. I’m sure Jones knows that law and upholds it until it is no longer the law, but the key word for women is “choice.”
They are not forced to choose this procedure, but they are allowed by law to choose it. My aunt endured an abortion in the 1920s that left her unable to have children. I prefer a safe, legal choice.
For men, I offer this suggestion: If you are concerned about women having to choose an abortion, don’t impregnate them. Be abstinent, and the problem of unwanted pregnancies will disappear. And, at the same time, you might lobby for a change in the law.
Finally, and most importantly, stop the inflammatory “killing of babies” rhetoric. It’s clearly inaccurate.
I know from experience.
Janice E. Bosman