Important health and safety guidelines and restrictions have been issued over the past year with a singular goal in mind: save lives. Meanwhile, the abortion industry gets a special carve-out to do the opposite.
Oregon is already one of the least-restrictive states on abortion. Yet the destructive practice has been expanded during the COVID-19 crisis (“During the pandemic, telemedicine abortions become crucial resource for women,” Feb. 15). The tele-“medicine” program, TelAbortion, mails abortion pills that result in the death of unborn babies, without adequate precautions taken for women. TelAbortion bypasses the FDA guidelines necessitating the mifepristone abortion pill be administered in health care settings by relying on studies paid for in part by Planned Parenthood.
TelAbortion is not pro-women and it misleads women by ignoring the scientific development of the unborn baby. The baby is not just “tissue” at the time medical abortions are administered. According to science, at five weeks old, the baby’s heart starts to beat. At 10 weeks, when TelAbortion is still permitted, the baby’s recognizable limbs are bending and details unique to that child have begun to form.
Women, regardless of class, race, religion or where they live, deserve all information, risks included, before making the life-altering decision to have an abortion and end the life of their unborn child.
Despite our range of differences in Oregon, about 70% of Oregonians support some limits on abortion, including basic health and safety measures. Telemedicine abortion is a failure to meet those basic measures.
Lois Anderson, Keizer
Anderson is executive director of Oregon Right to Life.